The Sociology of Knowledge and Science Essay by Neatwriter

The Sociology of Knowledge and Science
A look at how post-modern sociology attempts to explore the relationship between society and science within organizational structures and between experts and the social constructions of reality.
# 60553 | 1,456 words | 17 sources | APA | 2005 | US
Published on Aug 30, 2005 in Sociology (Theory) , Sociology (General)

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This paper examines the post-modern phase of sociology and explains how this phase is one of assertive questioning and an investigative tone regarding the issue of science and the problematic of expertise.

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"A work that relates to this tradition of sociological analysis and deconstruction is a paper by Paul Forman entitled Weimar Culture, Causality and Quantum Theory, 1918-1927: Adaptation by German Physicists and Mathematicians to a Hostile Intellectual Environment. (Forman, P. 1971. vol. 3,) This paper "shows just how deeply the sociology of knowledge can penetrate into the cultural evocation of scientific concepts and (in this case) whole approaches to natural phenomena. The issues raised by the sociology of knowledge are always in danger of undermining the foundations of the claims of science to value-free objective knowledge, and there is a large and fraught literature concerned with shoring up those foundations - something that is much easier to do in the physical than in the biological and social sciences. (Young, R. 1979)"

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