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Framing Commitments: The Strong Programme and the Empirical Programme of Relativism

Framing Commitments: The Strong Programme and the Empirical Programme of Relativism

Framing commitments: The strong programme and the empirical programme of relativism

Introduction: The Programmatics of the Strong Programme

The symbolic heart of the new sociology of science is Bloor's ‘Strong Programme’. The Strong Programme aims to wrest the study of science from the grasp of philosophers, or at least from the kinds of philosophies reviewed in the last chapter. It does this by denying the working assumption of the authors considered in Chapter 1; the Strong Programme refuses to take for granted – indeed tends in key respects to deny – the exceptionality of science. In his book Knowledge and Social Imagery, first published in 1976, Bloor set out an agenda for the sociology of scientific ...

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