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I have published six books. Here are their status:

1. Social Epistemology is still available in paperback from Indiana University Press. But a second edition will be coming out in the next few months, featuring a new introduction

2. Philosophy of Science and Its Discontents, 2nd edition, is still available in paperback from Guilford Press, New York.

3. Philosophy, Rhetoric and the End of Knowledge has been out of print for several years, but an abridged and rewritten second edition will be coming out with Praeger in 2002. It will be published in paperback and involve a collaboration with James H. Collier (Virginia Tech), whose experience as a professional rhetoric and technical communication instructor will enable the book to be used in the classroom.

4. Science is still in print with both Open University Press (UK) and University of Minnesota Press (US).

5. The Governance of Science: Ideology and the Future of the Open Society is still in print with Open University Press. There was an extensive e-mail discussion of this book on the Hayek list in summer 2000.

6. You can find out more about my most popular and controversial book, Thomas Kuhn: A Philosophical History for Our Times by clicking here.

 

My new book is:

Knowledge Management Foundations, published by Butterworth-Heinemann at the end of 2001. Here is a blurb for it:

Knowledge Management Foundations is just what it claims, the first attempt to provide a secure intellectual footing for the myriad of practices called "knowledge management." A breath of fresh air from the usual KM gurus, Fuller openly admits that the advent of KM is a mixed blessing that often amounts to the conduct of traditional management by subtler means. However, Fuller's deep understanding of both the history of management theory and knowledge production more generally enables him to separate the wheat from the chaff of the KM literature.

This ground-breaking book should prove of interest to both academics and practitioners of knowledge management. It highlights the ways in which KM has challenged the values associated with knowledge that academics have taken for granted for centuries. At the same time, Fuller resists the conclusion of many KM gurus, that the value of knowledge lies in whatever the market will bear in the short term. He pays special attention to how information technology has not only facilitated knowledge work but also has radically altered its nature. There are chapters devoted to the revolution in intellectual property and an evaluation of peer review as a quality control mechanism. The book culminates in a positive re-evaluation of universities as knowledge producing institutions from which the corporate sector still has much to learn.

Here is the table of contents for the book.

Here is an article associated with the book.

 

I am currently writing two books:

      • Re-Imagining Sociology, to be published by Sage in 2003. It is designed to revisit the ground covered by C.Wright Mills' The Sociological Imagination for the 21st century. Among other things, it will argue that sociology needs to take its head out of the sand about biological matters.
      • The Philosophy of Science & Technology Studies, to be published by Routledge in 2003.

       

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