Review of Metaphysics 38 (3):647-649 (1985)

Thomas Upton
Gannon University
Contrary to what its title may seem to imply, this intriguing study is best appreciated as a study in scientific realism. As Rom Harré notes in the preface, "science only makes sense as a realist enterprise, an attempt, using the means at hand, to truly represent physical reality as it is.... Indeed this very study is a realist enterprise, an attempt to truly represent the social order of life in laboratories and institutes of research, just as they are". When viewed as an exercise in scientific realism, Knorr-Cetina's work is most accurately summarized as an attempt to analyze the work of science in terms of the often overlooked human interests and endeavors that interweave to form the real world context out of which the results of scientific research emerge and have meaning.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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