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Common Knowledge (2019) 25 (1-3): 126–142.
Published: 01 April 2019
... in “The ‘Pédofil’ of Boa Vista,” an article published in the spring 1995 issue of Common Knowledge . Here he argues that Whitehead’s neglected text Process and Reality offers the possibility of a radical historical realism that puts the scientific object and the scientist’s laboratory on the same footing. His case...
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Common Knowledge (2011) 17 (1): 77–81.
Published: 01 January 2011
... between the scientist and the phenomenon she studies. According to Stengers, the comparison, which establishes rapport, is a crucial ingredient in good science. In the context of a symposium titled “Comparative Relativism,” perhaps the crucial point to make about what characterizes Stengers's matter...
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Common Knowledge (2008) 14 (1): 34–44.
Published: 01 January 2008
... in paradigm, whereas a scientist who resists will effectively disappear. Thus, the Morte Darthur set the terms for modern literature in English by holding fast to those of the Middle Ages. This essay argues that Malory was “modern” in that the Morte Darthur would not have been written except for the events...
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Common Knowledge (2022) 28 (1): 61–65.
Published: 01 January 2022
...Colin Richmond Abstract This contribution to the final installment of the Common Knowledge symposium on contextualism is a reply to another contribution, Peter Burke's “Alternative Modes of Thought.” Or rather, this essay responds to the historians and social scientists whom Burke cites as arguing...
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Common Knowledge (2014) 20 (3): 404–411.
Published: 01 August 2014
... on Nietzsche's thinking of Spencer and Malthus, Roux and Haeckel — names commonly associated with Darwin — they pay no attention to the greater impact on Nietzsche's thought of Empedocles and other ancient scientists. Nietzsche mounted a cogent condemnation of Darwin's views, moreover, on the empirical insight...
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Common Knowledge (2016) 22 (3): 353–372.
Published: 01 September 2016
... involve dubious teleological models of intellectual history and betray limited understandings of the distinctive epistemic orientations and cultural functions of the humanities vis-à-vis the sciences. Recurrent institutional difficulties encountered by scholars and/or scientists in hybrid fields reflect...
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Common Knowledge (2011) 17 (1): 64–70.
Published: 01 January 2011
...-as-participant, this comment relates Stengers's argument to Verran's own work in contexts where the epistemic practices of science are challenged—in science lessons in Nigeria (case 1) and in episodes where environmental scientists try to work with Aboriginal Australian landowners (case 2). Drawing inspiration...
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Common Knowledge (2011) 17 (1): 71–76.
Published: 01 January 2011
... sees as defining the “collective games” of science. Brown invokes the behavioral approach to experimental psychology of the early to mid-twentieth century to contextualize Stengers's treatment of continuous comparison conducted by scientists around “matters of concern.” Her use of the metaphor...
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Common Knowledge (2011) 17 (3): 441–449.
Published: 01 August 2011
... describes objects as fuzzy “half-entities”; Clifford Geertz's essay “Blurred Genres” (1980), which advises social scientists that being “taxonomically upstanding” is futile; and Lofti Zadeh's article “The Concept of a Linguistic Variable and Its Application to Approximate Reasoning” (1975), which abandons...
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Common Knowledge (2010) 16 (1): 79–94.
Published: 01 January 2010
...” to the exploit of others. Scientists cannot change institutions; political actors cannot dispense with the operations of power. Veblen asks much of us: for he struggled to undrape the veils of power while puncturing false hopes in the prospects of democracy. His quietism situates itself within this awful...
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Common Knowledge (2016) 22 (3): 518–523.
Published: 01 September 2016
... not only that her interpretation of Eliot's relationship to analytic philosophy is demonstrably incorrect but also that there is no point in valorizing vagueness or “fuzzy studies” if the upshot is not a sort of mutual respect and acceptance that scientistic clarity in the arts and humanities does...
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Common Knowledge (2011) 17 (1): 82–86.
Published: 01 January 2011
... NEVER “GOOD” Isabelle Stengers The contributions made to this discussion by Wistar rats, Mr. Ojo, and Austra- lian Aborigines, along with their scientists, are considerable. Beyond the case that each makes against unilaterally imposed relations...
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Common Knowledge (2023) 29 (1): 134–135.
Published: 01 January 2023
... flights at dusk, when they go up almost vertically into the sky. Scientists used to believe that they went up to sleep; but, at the end of the 1970s, in order to study the interaction between birds and airplanes, Luit Buurma of the Netherlands made radar observations that showed the swifts do not sleep...
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Common Knowledge (2022) 28 (2): 177–197.
Published: 01 May 2022
... . 12. Thus, in Another Science Is Possible , Stengers describes some scientists as “empowered by belonging to a collective, researchers who passionately object to and test hypotheses in constant interaction with those colleagues on whose interest and objections they depend,” and others as operating...
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Common Knowledge (2002) 8 (3): 439–448.
Published: 01 August 2002
... 439 CK 8.3-02 Vesterman 7/14/02 3:11 PM Page 440 allies, given their commitment to a disinterested observation of facts. Yet while 440 science may have triumphed in the struggle to interpret nature, scientists still felt put upon by sore...
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Common Knowledge (2011) 17 (1): 48–63.
Published: 01 January 2011
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Common Knowledge (2023) 29 (1): 59–71.
Published: 01 January 2023
... enlisted the interest of many scientists and historians, with suggestions ranging from the Neolithic era to the onset of industrialization to the beginning of the atomic age. At the same time, the implications of the concept were taken up by philosophers and scholars in the humanities. In this context...
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Common Knowledge (2021) 27 (3): 484–485.
Published: 01 August 2021
... was flat did not arise until around 1870, in a time of controversy between scientists and the general culture over the theory of evolution. My friend is not a historian or scientist (but then neither am I), and I concluded that his remark meant no more than “It's high time you got a cell phone.” When...
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Common Knowledge (2022) 28 (3): 424–442.
Published: 01 September 2022
... . Latour Bruno . Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers through Society . Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press , 1987 . Latour Bruno , and Woolgar Steven . Laboratory Life: The Construction of Scientific Facts . Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press...
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Common Knowledge (2015) 21 (3): 451–463.
Published: 01 September 2015
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