This book explores Pierre Bourdieu's philosophy and sociology of science, which, though central to his thought, have been largely neglected in critical examinations of his work.
Addressing the resultant confusion that surrounds Bourdieu's sociologized philosophy of science, it expounds his epistemology and sociology of science, situating it within the context of Anglo-American post-positivist philosophy of science and shedding light on the critique of relativist sociology of science that emerges from his field theory. From a detailed critique of Bourdieu's reflexive sociology and his attempt to enhance the uneasy epistemic status of the social sciences, the author draws on the thought of Jürgen Habermas to suggest critical ethnography as a way of going beyond Bourdieu’s critical theory.
As such, Bourdieu's Philosophy and Sociology of Science will appeal to sociologists, philosophers, and scholars across the social sciences with interests in the work of Bourdieu and the sociology and philosophy of science.
Introduction, Part I: Science, Politics and Truth, 1. Exhuming Bourdieu’s Sociologized Philosophy of Science, 2. Bourdieu's Sociological Theory of Scientific Truth: Truth and Struggle, 3. What Would a Bourdieusian Sociology of Scientific Truth Look Like?: Two Case Studies, Part II: Reflexivity, Objectivation and Critique, 4. How Objective is Bourdieu’s Participant Objectivation?, 5. Cultural Capital and the Social Reproduction of Class: Can There be a Crucial Experiment?, 6. Torn between Science and Politics: Why is Bourdieu’s Politics Bound to Fail?, 7. Is Human Science a Curse or Blessing?: Criticism Beyond Bourdieu and Habermas