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Marxism and science studies: a sweep through the decades

Sheehan, Helena (2007) Marxism and science studies: a sweep through the decades. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 21 (2). pp. 197-210. ISSN 1469-9281

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Abstract

This paper outlines the distinctive contribution of marxism to science studies. It traces the trajectory of marxist ideas through the decades from the origins of marxism to the present conjuncture. It looks at certain key episodes, such as the arrival of a Soviet delegation at the International History of Science Congress in London in 1931 as well as subsequent interactions between marxists and exponents of other positions at later international congresses. It focuses on the impact of several generations of marxists who have engaged with science in different ways. It examines the influence of marxism on contemporary trends in science studies. It concludes that marxism survives in circuitous and complex ways. It argues not only for a positive interpretation of its contribution in the past but for its explanatory and ethical power in the present and future.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:marxism; sciences studies;
Subjects:Humanities > Philosophy
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Communications
Publisher:Routledge
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02698590701498126
Copyright Information:Copyright © 2007 Taylor & Francis
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:508
Deposited On:19 Jun 2008 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 06 Mar 2009 17:10

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