The Social Dimensions of Scientific Knowledge

[Revised entry by Helen Longino on February 9, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Study of the social dimensions of scientific knowledge encompasses the effects of scientific research on
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[Revised entry by Helen Longino on February 9, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Study of the social dimensions of scientific knowledge encompasses the effects of scientific research on human life and social relations, the effects of social relations and values on scientific research, and the social aspects of inquiry itself. Several factors have combined to make these questions salient to contemporary philosophy of science. These factors include the emergence of social movements, like environmentalism and feminism, critical of mainstream science;...

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