Anthropology of Science

Term: Spring 2011

Subject Code: GANT

Course Number: 6203

Since anthropology has shifted its focus from the supposedly premodern to the contemporary, science - as a defining element of modern cultures - has become a key site of anthropological inquiry. This course will revisit some of the by now classical work in this area before beginning to explore new venues. It will assess the critical potential of ethnographic observations of scientific practice probing different models of collaboration between anthropology and science. A discussion of hybrid nature/culture ontologies will serve to question the opposition of cultural and biological anthropology. We will explore the borderlands between the anthropology of science and religion. And a century after Max Weber's famous lecture, the course will examine the epistemic virtues and ethical norms informing contemporary "science as a vocation."

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