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Aaron Hanlon’s recent Washington-Post piece is anti-science.




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Friday 18th January. Change is coming, orthogonal forces and the humility of instrumentalism.


Friday 11th January 2019. How democracy works in the UK. Why it isn't working well at the moment, in the UK. (short pilot).


A Response to Interpretivist Criticism of Social Naturalism.



[won't somebody think of the children!]

‘Interpretivism’ in Social Science:

Manifest Vs. Natural:

Social Construction of languge:

Survey of critiques of Naturalism in Social Science:

Daniel Dennett ‘Intentional Systems’ (1971):

Intertheoretic Reduction:

Summary of Durkheim ‘Sucide’ (1897):

Multispecies Ethnography:

Grounded Theory:

The pwnage of vitalism by organic chemistry in the 19th century holds a lesson for todays ideological science-sceptic... an impromptu ramble, replete with hilarious mispronunciations of French chemists.

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Organic Chemistry:

Impromptu ramble on political progress without transcendental construction.

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German Idealism:
Transcendental Idealism:
Moral Passions:
Pure Understanding:
Constructive Scheme:
Hegelian Absolutism:
Karl Marx:
Dialectic Materialism:
Phenomenology of Spirit:
Battle of Jena:
John Dalton:
Atomic Weight:
Phlogiston Theory:
Continental Radicalism:
The Empirical Left:
Natural Passions:
Conventional Virtues:

A response to Zennistrad's 'BioTruthiness' video:

His response to this video:

(my response is on the comments section)

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Fine (2010) "Delusions of Gender": https://sexnotgender.files.wordpress....

Bindschaedler et al. (2010) "Growing up with bilateral hippocampal atrophy: From childhood to teenage":

Poldrack (2006) "Can cognitive processes be inferred
from neuroimaging data?":

Hutzler (2012) "Reverse inference is not a fallacy per se: Cognitive processes can be inferred from functional imaging data”:

Social science denialism is not the preserve of arrogant scientists on YT. Foundational figures in the history of both critical theory and phenomenology, and thereby of contemporary intersectionality, all insisted that the study of society is not scientific.

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Auguste Comte:
Emile Durkheim:
Sociological Positivism:

Oh you guys!:

Wilhelm Dilthey:
Georg Simmel:
Max Weber:
Heinrich Rickert:
Edmund Husserl:

19th century physics:
19th century chemistry:


Quantitative social research:
Anglophone realm:


Frankfurt School:
Critical Theory:



Continental Philosophy:

Obnixous prick:

Return of the trendy fool...

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Choice Quotes:
Harry Collins:

“The natural world has a small if non-existent role in the construction of scientific knowledge”. -- “Stages in the Empirical Programme of Relativism” p.3

Kenneth Gergen:

“The validity of theoretical in no way affected by factual evidence” -- Gergen “Feminist Critique of Science and the Challenge of Social Epistemology” p.37

Ruth Hubbard:

“Feminist science must insist on the political nature and content of scientific work”
-- “Some Thoughts about the Masculinity of the Natural Sciences” p.13

Sandra Harding asks why it isn't...

“as illuminating and honest to refer to Newton's laws as ‘Newton's rape manual’ as it is to call them Newton's mechanics?”
-- “The Science Question in Feminism” p.113

Bruno Latour:

“All this business about rationality and irrationality is the result of an attack by someone on associations that stand in the way”
-- “Science in Action” p.205

Steve Fuller proposes...

“A shallow conception… that locates the authoritative character of science, not in an esoteric set of skills or special understanding of reality, but in the appeal to a form of knowledge that others feel they must make to legitimate their own activities”
-- “Philosophy, Rhetoric, and the End of Knowledged” p.xx

Richard Rorty:

“The only sense in which science is exemplary is that it is a model of human solidarity”
-- “Science as Solidarity”, p.46

Stanley Fish:

“The distinction between baseball and science is not finally so firm” [16]
-- “Professor Sokal's Bad Joke”. P.82

Key Thinkers:

Steve Woolgar -- (b. 1950) Dir. STS studies @ Oxford
Bruno Latour -- (b.1947) Dir. Science Studies @ Ecole de Mines de Paris
Barry Barnes -- (b. 1943) Prof. Sociology @ University of Exeter (ret.)
David Bloor -- (b. 1942) Prof. Science Studies @ University of Edinburgh (ret.)
Harry Collins -- (b. 1943) Prof. Sociology @ Cardiff University
Trevor Pinch -- (b. 1952) Prof. Sociology @ Cornell
Richard Rorty -- (1931-2007) Prof. Philosophy @ Princeton
Paul Feyerabend -- (1924 - 1994) Prof. Philosophy @ Berkeley
Steve Fuller -- (b. 1959) Chair. Social Epistemology @ University of Warwick
Stanley Fish -- (b. 1938) Dean of Arts @ Illinois Chicago
Kenneth Gergen -- (b.1935) Prof. Psychology @ Swarthmore

Key Texts:

Barry Barnes, (1977) “Interest and the growth of knowledge: science as power”
Latour, B., Woolgar, S. (1986) ‘Laboratory life: the construction of scientific facts’
Latour, B., Woolgar, S. (1979) ‘The social construction of scientific facts’
Karin D.Knorr-Cetina (1981) ‘The Manufacture of Knowledge: An essay on the constructivist and contextual nature of knowledge’
Wallis, Roy., (1979) ‘On the margins of science: the social construction of rejected knowledge’
Collins H.M., Pinch T.J., (1984) ‘Frames of Meaning: The Social Construction of Extraordinary Science’
Gilbert, G.N., Mulkay M. (1984) ‘Opening Pandora's box: A sociological analysis of scientists' discourse’
Woolgar S. (1988) ‘Science: the very idea’
Steven Shapin (1995) ‘A social history of truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England’
Hilary Lawson (1989) ‘Dismantling truth: Reality in a Postmodern World’
Collins H,M., Pinch T., (1994) ‘The Golem: what everybody should know about science’
David Bloor, (1976) “Knowledge and Social Imagery”
Bill Tomlinson (1986) “the social construction of truth”

An alternative approach to social science. Because it's the current year!


Susan Haack's (2003) 'Science Within Reason' -- Good introduction to this subject. She lays out the issue very well (although personally her don't agree with everything she suggests).

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Semantics (philosophy):

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Ontology (specifically):

Philosophy of social science:

Intertheoretic reduction:

Heriachical reductionism(s):

x-phi: http://experimental-philosophy.yale.e...

The Canberra Plan (not a diet):

Theories of truth:

Systematic Functional Lingustics:

Ramsey/Lewis method:

Roger Bacon:

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What do you think the relationship is between social science and natural science?

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This poll is based on an adaption of the square of opposition found at the beginning of Ch.6 ‘The Same only Different’ of Susan Haack’s (2003) “Science within Reason”. The framing is still a work in progress.

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Just because you think society is part of nature and can be studied as such, it doesn't follow that you blindly worship at the temple science.

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Social Naturalism Reading.


Scientism Reading.
Haacks on the ‘Six Signs of Scientism’:,%20Six%20Signs%20of%20Scientism.pdf

Pigliucci on ‘The Problems With Scientism’:

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