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The Theory Landscape in Science Studies: Sociological Traditions

The theory landscape in science studies: Sociological traditions
Sal Restivo

THE theoretical terrain in contemporary science studies is a diversified ecology. There are Weberian, Marxian, and Durkheimian niches. The renewed interest in Nietzsche across the intellectual world is showing up in science studies too. In theoretical studies of mathematics and mind, Durkheim, G. H. Mead, and O. Spengler are not merely ancestors and influentials, but leaders. And while the science studies movement long ago broke up the Mertonian hegemony in the sociology of science, the Mertonian niche is not only still viable but shows signs of regaining lost power. The Kuhnian paradigm has weathered a variety of criticisms and remains influential.

Nature, apparently vanquished by some of the early “relativists,” ...

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