Book ID: CBB881962010

Who Is the Scientist-Subject?: Affective History of the Gene (2018)


Shah, Esha (Author)

Routledge India

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 186
Language: English

This book explores two disparate sets of debates in the history and philosophy of the life sciences: the history of subjectivity in shaping objective science and the history of dominance of reductionism in molecular biology. It questions the dominant conception of the scientist-subject as a neo-Kantian ideal self – that is, the scientist as a unified and wilful, self-determined, self-regulated, active and autonomous, rational subject wilfully driven by social and scientific ethos – in favour of a narrative that shows how the microcosm of reductionism is sustained, adopted, questioned, or challenged in the creative struggles of the scientist-subject. The author covers a century-long history of the concept of the gene as a series of "pioneering moments" through an engagement with life-writings of eminent scientists to show how their ways of being and belonging relate with the making of the science. The scientist-self is theorized as fundamentally a feeling, experiencing, and suffering subject split between the conscious and unconscious and constitutive of personality aspects that are emotional/psychological, "situated" (cultural and ideological), metaphysical, intersubjective, and existential at the same time. An engaging interdisciplinary interpretation of the dominance of reductionism in genetic science, this book will be of major interest to scholars and researchers of science, history, and philosophy alike.

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Review Edna Suárez-Díaz (2020) Review of "Who Is the Scientist-Subject?: Affective History of the Gene". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 862-863). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Uus, Undo
Mouzelis, Nicos
Webster, W. R.
Barron, Colin
Stotz, Karola
Israel, Giorgio
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
History of the Human Sciences
Science in Context
Harvard University Press
Yale University Press
Presses Universitaires de France
Prometheus Books
Philosophy of science
Molecular biology
Avery, Oswald Theodore
Benzer, Seymour
Darwin, Charles Robert
Müller, Hermann Joseph
Delbrück, Max
Fleck, Ludwik
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century, early
20th century
21st century
19th century
18th century
United States
Ghent University

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