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Collins article summary - H.M. Collins In H.M. Collins'...

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H.M. Collins In H.M. Collins’ “The Sociology of Scientific Knowledge: Studies of Contemporary Science”, he makes several analytically philosophical points regarding the current state of the discipline and different methods of study employed by those involved. He directly and bluntly addresses the works of other philosophers in this field, commenting both on their strengths and their weaknesses. In this essay a summary will be presented of Collins’ paper followed by a brief critical reaction to it. In his introduction Collins offers some brief insight into the state of the sociology of scientific knowledge, and iterates some stipulations regarding his paper – he only plans on looking at studies of contemporary science. As he starts to get to the heart of his work, he says, “The sociology of scientific knowledge. ..is concerned precisely with what comes to count as scientific knowledge and how it comes to count” (267). This is an excellent description of what this field of study entails, and is important since the discipline is sometimes criticized for its
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course PHIL 221 taught by Professor Rosenberger during the Fall '08 term at McGill.

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Collins article summary - H.M. Collins In H.M. Collins'...

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