The rapid rise of science, technology, and society (STS) studies in East Asia during the past two decades can be characterized by a series of remarkable events. STS studies are beginning to diversify and take on forms within academia both permanent and official; the number of researchers is growing at high speed; several associations and societies have been established. These communities communicate regularly, and since 2002 they have taken turns holding the annual East Asian STS-Network Conference. Moreover, Taiwan's National Science Council founded this very journal in 2007.

When we trace the trajectory of STS studies in Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and China, we find that philosophy of science has played an important role in the success of this new discipline. In Korea the program for history and philosophy of science at Seoul National University trained many of the country's leading STS scholars. In...

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