The Manufacture of Knowledge
An Essay on the Constructivist and Contextual Nature of Science
- K.D. Knorr-Cetina, University of Pennsylvania, USA
For courses in liberal studies of science, R & D studies, philosophy of science, and sociology of science
- Published: July 1981
- Imprint: PERGAMON
- ISBN: 978-0-08-025777-8
We believe that Knorr's book....is not only interesting and stimulating, it is also an important book. Her adventure as an observer in a scientific laboratory is in itself already a rather daring undertaking. She succeeds in organising and bringing forward her data in a very original way, connecting it with the know-how and ideas in the methodological field.
An important work in the sociology of science with special significance for the protosciences. Recommended for the specialist.
Table of Contents
(partial) The scientist as a practical reasoner: introduction to a constructivist and contextual theory of knowledge
The scientist as an indexical reasoner: the contextuality and the opportunism of research
The scientist as an analogical reasoner: a principle of orientation and a critique of the metaphor theory of innovation
The scientist as a socially situated reasoner: from scientific communities to transscientific fieldsThe scientist as a literary reasoner, or the transformation of laboratory reason
The scientist as a symbolic reasoner or 'What do we make of the distinction between the natural and the social sciences?'Conclusion: the major theses of the book