Methods of Inquiry: Science, Technology and Society
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- Syllabus (The syllabus includes the complete course description,
list of texts, assignment due dates/daily schedule, and more).
- Summary Assignment
- Synthesis-Analysis Assignment
- Contribution Assignment
- Writing Resources
- Readings, roughly in order of class coverage (updated regularly:
see syllabus for full bibliographic citations)
* Not Required.
"The Heat Death of the Universe"
- Aronowitz, "Science and Technology
as Hegemony" (a version on Google Books is available here, but the last two pages are missing.)
- Hubble, "The Nature of Science"
- *Barnes, "The Problem of Knowledge"
- *Bloor, "The Strong Programme in the Sociology
- Lewontin, "A Reasonable Skepticism"
(If you would like to read more about "genetic determinism," one of the
concepts Lewontin alludes to in this essay, scroll down to "Additional Reading
Material" and see 'Essays About "Genetic Determinsm"'). Also available on Google Books, here.
- Namenwirth, "Science Seen Through a
- Gross and Levitt, "Does It Matter?"
- *Nanda, Meera, Against social de(con)struction
of science: cautionary tales from the third world Vol. 48, Monthly Review,
03-01-1997, pp 1(20). (A socialist critic warns of the pernicious effects
of "social constructivism" in science studies on the Third World).
- Levine, "What Is Science Studies For and
- E.O. Wilson, "The Natural Sciences," Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1998): 45-65
- The Sciences, Literature and the Arts Segment: I have decided to
link to these online versions of Peacock's, Shelley's, Huxley's and Arnold's
essays in the interests of conveniencce and increased access. We will discuss
citation of these text in class, for those who will want to cite them in
their upcoming papers.
Peacock, "The Four Ages of Poetry" (1820)
Shelley, "A Defence of Poetry" (1821)
- Thomas Huxley, "Science
and Culture" (1880)
- Matthew Arnold, "Literature
and Science" (1882)
- C.P. Snow, The
Two Cultures (first printed 1959)
- E.O. Wilson, "The Arts
and Their Interpretation,"Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge:
210-37. (All of the Wilson readings are in this file).
- George Levine, "One
Culture: Science and Literature,"One Culture: Essays
in Science and Literature: 3-32.
- *John Brockman, "The
Emerging Third Culture" (1995).
- Science and Religion Segment (more to follow)
- Auguste Comte, Introduction to the Poitive
- Bloor, "Sources of Resistance to the
- John Hedley Brooke, Introduction and "Interaction
Between Science and Religion: Some Preliminary Considerations,"
from Science and Religion, Some Historical Perspectives: 1-51.
- Wilson, "Ethics and Religion,"Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1998): 23-65.
Tyndall, "The Belfast Address"
* Not Required.
- Additional items of interest:
- Essays About "Genetic Determinism":
in Science," Richard Lewontin
John Brokman, ed. (The collection)
- The "Sokal Affair":
Links to texts related to the once-heated "Sokal hoax." The "Sokal Affair"
began with an article by physicist Alan Sokal, published in Social Text,
a rather elite academic journal of cultural analysis, edited by Stanley
Aronowitz and Andrew Ross. The essay, later revealed as a parody of "social
constructivist" science criticism, set off what have become known as the
"science wars." You might want to begin with the first Sokal essay (the
hoax) and continue from there.
- The hoax, published in Social Text: "Transgressing
the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity",
by Alan Sokal
- Revelation of the hoax in Lingua Franca: "A
Physicist Experiments With Cultural Studies," by Alan Sokal
- Social Text's editorial response to Sokal's Lingua Franca
Site was down the last time I tried it.