The Philosophy of Science and Technology Studies


Welcome to the Philosophy of Science and Technology Studies (STS 5424; CRN 18977-NCR, 18979-B) at Virginia Tech for spring 2015.

"... [T]here is beginning to emerge a new, vigorous, searching system of social and professional inquiry, awakened by the impulse of the sweeping transformations made in modern civilization by the ill-understood processes of science and technology. There are, at present, few agreed rules, and little methodological consensus underlying this inquiry. But this is as it should be. The vigour of intellectual debate and awakening is not to be restricted to disciplinary lines of battle; the dilemmas of science and technology today are too important for that. Yet there is a growing need for some agreed channels through which the students of different disciplines engaged in these connected studies can communicate-channels through which their results may achieve some visibly coherent and publicly persuasive form." — from the first editorial statement of Social Studies of Science, 1971.

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