Article ID: CBB939789883

STS as science or politics? (August 2017)


Collins, Harry M. (Author)
Evans, Robert (Author)
Weinel, Martin (Author)

Social Studies of Science
Volume: 47
Issue: 4
Pages: 580-586

Publication Date: August 2017
Edition Details: Post-truth: Reply, response and extension
Language: English

In a recent editorial for this journal, Sergio Sismondo makes two claims. First, he states that STS bears no responsibility for the emergence of post-truth politics. Second, he claims that debates about the nature of expertise that take place within STS are irrelevant in this context. In contrast, we argue that, whether or not STS had a causal influence on the emergence of post-truth politics, there is a clear resonance between the two positions and that the current political climate makes the empirically informed and scientific analysis of expertise and the form of life of science more important than ever. We argue that treating the contribution of STS to these matters as essentially political rather than scientific surrenders any special role we have as experts on the organization and values of science and leaves STS as just one political actor among others.

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Article Sergio Sismondo (August 2017) Casting a wider net: A reply to Collins, Evans and Weinel. Social Studies of Science (pp. 587-592). unapi

Article Sergio Sismondo (February 2017) Post-Truth?. Social Studies of Science (pp. 3-6). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Christian H. Ross
Thorpe, Charles Robert
McCormick, Sabrina
Farkas, Nicole Elisabeth
Breyman, Steve
Jakob Raffn
Social Studies of Science
Science, Technology and Human Values
Spontaneous Generations
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Polity Press
Arizona State University
University of Pennsylvania Press
Authority of science
Technoscience; science and technology studies
Science and politics
Oppenheimer, J. Robert
Latour, Bruno
Collins, Harry M.
Trump, Donald H.
United States
21st century
20th century, late
20th century

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