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The Genealogy of “Empirical Post-structuralist” STS, Retold in Two Conjunctures: The Legacy of Hegel and Althusser (2017)


Recent discussions in science and technology studies (STS) about the risks of science and technology have led to political economy occupying centre stage. Closely related to political economy as a field of investigation are a number of overarching concepts, such as class, capitalism and interest. However, reliance on such concepts is rejected in post-Actor Network Theory STS. This stand-off over overarching categories can be traced back to two conjuntures in the genealogy of STS. First, the influence of Hegel and his concept of “totality”; and second, the influence from anti-hegelian French epistemology with its celebration of the opposite concept, that of “multiplicity”.

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Authors & Contributors
Andrew, Edward
Olsen, Jan-Kyrre Berg
Hendricks, Vincent F.
Pedersen, Stig Andur
Matthewman, Steve
Engdahl, Emma
Science, Technology and Human Values
Social Studies of Science
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
Research in Philosophy and Technology
Public Understanding of Science
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Ashgate Publishing Co.
Technoscience; science and technology studies
Actor-network theory
Science and technology, relationships
Philosophy of technology
Technology and society
Latour, Bruno
Grant, George Parkin
Foucault, Michel
Strathern, Marilyn
Rawls, John
Charles Perrow
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
United States

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