David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophy of the Social Sciences 24 (3):336-361 (1994)
The recent republication of David Bloor's Knowledge and Social Imagery in a second edition provides an occasion to reappraise the celebrated work which launched the so-called Strong Programme in the sociology of scientific knowledge. This work embodies the general outlook and foundational principles in a way that is still characteristic of its descendents. Above all, the recent republication of Bloor's original book is evidence of the continuing interest and importance of the work, but it also provides the clearest evidence of the shortcomings of the enterprise. The arguments presented in the bulk of the book have received relatively little attention by comparison with the principal tenets enunciated in the first few pages. Accordingly, a detailed examination is made of these original arguments which were so influential in establishing the sociology of scientific knowledge. A close analysis reveals their seemingly unnoticed vacuity, as well as a vast discrepancy between the radical tenets of the Strong Programme and the theses that are actually defended in the body of Bloor's text. In this sense, this article serves to complement and reinforce Mario Bunge's recent masterful survey of the field, which he describes as "a grotesque cartoon of scientific research.".
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
David Bloor (1996). Idealism and the Sociology of Knowledge. Social Studies of Science 26 (4):839-856.
Si Sun (2007). A Critique of Relativism in the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge. Frontiers of Philosophy in China 2 (1):115-130.
Paul Ernest (1993). Review of David Bloor's Knowledge and Social Imagery. [REVIEW] Philosophia Mathematica 1 (1).
David Bloor (2007). Ideals and Monisms: Recent Criticisms of the Strong Programme in the Sociology of Knowledge. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 38 (1):210-234.
Steve Fuller (1993). Book Review:Knowledge and Social Imagery (Second Edition) David Bloor. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 60 (1):158-.
Peter Slezak (1991). Bloor's Bluff: Behaviourism and the Strong Programme. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 5 (3):241 – 256.
Richard C. Jennings (1988). Alternative Mathematics and the Strong Programme: Reply to Triplett. Inquiry 31 (1):93 – 101.
David Bloor (1991). Knowledge and Social Imagery. University of Chicago Press.
Timm Triplett (1986). Relativism and the Sociology of Mathematics: Remarks on Bloor, Flew, and Frege. Inquiry 29 (1-4):439-450.
Peter Slezak (1994). The Social Construction of Social Constructionism. Inquiry 37 (2):139 – 157.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads18 ( #78,321 of 1,089,154 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #69,735 of 1,089,154 )
How can I increase my downloads?