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Week 1: Introduction

Seminar Questions

  • What is the relationship between science and society?
  • How has science in Europe developed in relationship with the rest of the world?
  • How do scientists defend their theories?
  • What is the value of studying the history of science today?

Essential Readings

Read one or more of the following:

Koyré, Alexandre, 'Galileo and the Scientific Revolution of the Seventeenth Century', The Philosophical Review, 52 (1943)

Shapin, Steven, ‘Phrenological Knowledge and the Social Structure of Early Nineteenth-Century Edinburgh’, Annals of Science, 32 (1975)

Daston, Lorraine and Peter Galison, ‘The Image of Objectivity’, Representations, 40 (1992)

Sivasundaram, Sujit, ‘Sciences and the Global: On Methods, Questions, and Theory’, Isis, 101 (2010)

Additional Readings
Bowler, Peter and Iwan Morus, Making Modern Science: A Historical Survey (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2005)

Daston, Lorraine, and Peter Galison, Objectivity (New York City, NY: Zone Books, 2010)

Golinski, Jan, Making Natural Knowledge: Constructivism and the History of Science (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998)

Hacking, Ian, The Social Construction of What? (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999)

Kuhn, Thomas, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1962)

Latour, Bruno, and Steve Woolgar, Laboratory Life: The Construction of Scientific Facts (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1986)

Poovey, Mary, A History of the Modern Fact: Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1998)

Porter, Theodore, Trust in Numbers: The Pursuit of Objectivity in Science and Public Life (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996)

Shapin, Steven, A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1994)