Rethinking Objectivity (Post-Contemporary Interventions)

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Although "objectivity" is a term used widely in many areas of public discourse, from discussions concerning the media and politics to debates over political correctness and cultural literacy, the question "What is objectivity?" is often ignored, as if the answer were obvious. In this volume, Allan Megill has gathered essays from fourteen leading scholars in a variety of fields--history, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, history of science, sociology of science, feminist studies, literary studies, and accounting--to gain critical understanding of the idea of objectivity as it functions in today's world.
In diverse essays the authors provide fascinating studies of objectivity in such areas as anthropological research, corporate and governmental bureaucracies, legal discourse, photography, and the study and practice of the natural sciences. Taken together, Megill argues, this volume calls for developing a notion of "objectivities." The absolute sense of objectivity--that is, objectivity as a "God's eye view"--must be supplemented, and in part supplanted, by disciplinary, procedural, and dialectical senses of objectivity. This book will be of great interest to a broad range of scholars as it presents current thinking on a topic of fundamental concern across the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Contributors. Barry Barnes, Dagmar Barnouw, Lorraine Code, Lorraine Daston, Johannes Fabian, Kenneth J. Gergen, Mary E. Hawkesworth, Barbara Herrnstein Smith, Evelyn Fox Keller, George Levine, Allan Megill, Peter Miller, Andy Pickering, Theodore M. Porter

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"In the 70s and 80s Kuhn and the new sociology of science seriously put into question our received notions of scientific objectivity. In "Rethinking Objectivity" leading scholars in several disciplines confront the issue head on, and those who have worked empirically on questions of objectivity for years contribute their results. An exciting book that fills a gap in the study of science!"--Karin Knorr-Cetina, Universitat Bielefeld

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"In the 70s and 80s Kuhn and the new sociology of science seriously put into question our received notions of scientific objectivity. In Rethinking Objectivity leading scholars in several disciplines confront the issue head on, and those who have worked empirically on questions of objectivity for years contribute their results. An exciting book that fills a gap in the study of science!"—Karin Knorr-Cetina, Universität Bielefeld

"Once objectivity was overwhelmingly viewed as an unproblematic quality of knowledge or posture of the knower. Now it is increasingly treated as a contingent, varying, and deeply problematic product of cultural practice. There is no better testament than Allan Megill’s Rethinking Objectivity to the current interdisciplinary diversity and vigor of academic interest in the topic of objectivity."—Steven Shapin, University of California, San Diego

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