On the Practice of Science

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The Thread offers context to news through EPW Archives. For the 51st Anniversary, we are taking these articles out of paywall.
19 August 2017

We look at three papers from the EPW Archives that pose questions about the practice of science, philosophy of science, and how the category of science has been used in India. For the 51st Anniversary, we are taking these articles out of paywall.

In the "March for Science" on 9 August, 2017 across varies cities in India, thousands of scientists, students, and science enthusiasts came out on the streets to demand adequate funding for scientific research, to denounce the "propagation of unscientific, obscurantist ideas and religious intolerance, and develop scientific temper, human values and spirit of inquiry." Last week, the march led to a series of debates on the nature of scientific method and scientific practice.
 

We look at three papers from the EPW Archives that pose questions about the practice of science, philosophy of science, and how the category of science has been used in India.

 

  • Beyond Modern vs Alternative Science Debate

Amit Prasad, 2006

How can we analyse the modern versus alternative science debate? Is the relationship between scientific practice, knowledge, and culture contingent upon particular historical and socio-technical contexts?

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  • Democracy, Governance and Science: Strange Case of the Missing Discipline

Shiv Visvanathan, 2001

Science and Technology Studies in India have found their impetus and site in social movements rather than in the academe and science policy centres. Our official scientists were eloquent about our nuclear power and our need for greater investment in science. But it is the movements that have provided the great critiques of science.How can science studies as a critical imagination add to the idea of governmentality/governance? How can science studies as a critical imagination add to the idea of governmentality/governance?

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  • Uses of Scientific Argument: The Case of 'Development' in India, c 1930-1950

Benjamin Zachariah, 2001   

How was "science" used as a category by nationalists in late colonial India in connection with the need for "development?" What were the ways in which science became part of a legitimating rhetoric in late colonial India?

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The Thread offers context to news through EPW Archives. For the 51st Anniversary, we are taking these articles out of paywall.
19 August 2017