Access to the full content is only available to members of institutions that have purchased access. If you belong to such an institution, please log in or find out more about how to order.


Print

Contents

Sociology of knowledge

DOI
10.4324/9780415249126-R033-1
DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-R033-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
Retrieved November 17, 2019, from https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/thematic/sociology-of-knowledge/v-1

Article Summary

Sociologists of knowledge contribute to the enterprise of generating a naturalistic account of knowledge by describing and explaining the observed characteristics of shared cultures. They assume that knowledge can be treated as an object of empirical investigation (rather than mere celebration or condemnation). Because science is understandably taken as our best example of knowledge, the sociology of scientific knowledge plays a pivotal role in the field. It is argued that our natural reasoning capacities, and our sense experience, are necessary but not sufficient conditions for scientific knowledge. Sociologists looking for the causes of its content and style focus on the contribution of conventions and institutions.

Print
Citing this article:
Bloor, David. Sociology of knowledge, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-R033-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis, https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/thematic/sociology-of-knowledge/v-1.
Copyright © 1998-2019 Routledge.

Related Searches

Topics

Related Articles