Biology and Philosophy

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 61–91 | Cite as

The Professionalization of Science Studies: Cutting Some Slack

  • David L. Hull


During the past hundred years or so, those scholars studying science have isolated themselves as much as possible from scientists as well as from workers in other disciplines who study science. The result of this effort is history of science, philosophy of science and sociology of science as separate disciplines. I argue in this paper that now is the time for these disciplinary boundaries to be lowered or at least made more permeable so that a unified discipline of Science Studies might emerge. I discuss representative problems that stand in the way of such an integration. These problems may seem so formidable in the abstract that no one in their right mind would waste their time trying to bring about a unified field of Science Studies. However, those of us who limit ourselves to the study of the biological sciences have already formed a society in which workers from all disciplines can share their expertise -- the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science.

epistemological relativism history of science interdisciplinary philosophy of science positivism Science Studies social studies of scientific knowledge sociology of science Whiggism 


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  • David L. Hull
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonU.S.A.

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