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A Social History of Truth By Steven Shapin

A Social History of Truth
by Steven Shapin

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This work employs detailed historical narrative to argue about the establishment of factual knowledge both in science and in everyday practice. Accounts of gentlemen-philosophers are used to illustrate the study's claim that trust is imperative for constituting every kind of knowledge.
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A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-century England by Steven Shapin

How do we come to trust our knowledge of the world? What are the means by which we distinguish true from false accounts? Why do we credit one observational statement over another? This study engages these universal questions through a recreation of a crucial period in the history of early modern science: the social world of gentlemen-philosophers in 17th-century England. The author paints a picture of the relations between gentlemanly culture and scientific practice. He argues that problems of credibility in science were practically solved through the codes and conventions of genteel conduct: trust, civility, honour, and integrity. These codes formed, and arguably still form, an important basis for securing reliable knowledge about the natural world. Shapin uses detailed historical narrative to argue about the establishment of factual knowledge both in science and in everyday practice. Accounts of the mores and manners of gentlemen-philosophers are used to illustrate Shapin's broad claim that trust is imperative for constituting every kind of knowledge. Knowledge-making is always a collective enterprise: people have to know whom to trust in order to know something about the natural world.

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GOR005618690
A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-century England by Steven Shapin
Steven Shapin
Science & Its Conceptual Foundations S.
Used - Very Good
Paperback
The University of Chicago Press
1995-11-09
516
0226750191
9780226750194
Winner of American Sociological Association Science, Knowledge & Technology Section Robert K. Merton Award 1998
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