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Missing the (question) mark? What is a turn to ontology?
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. University of Oxford, England; University of Oxford, England.
University of Oxford, England.
2015 (English)In: Social Studies of Science, ISSN 0306-3127, E-ISSN 1460-3659, Vol. 45, no 3, 462-467 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Our introductory essay in this journals 2013 Special Issue on the turn to ontology examined the shift from epistemology to ontology in science and technology studies and explored the implications of the notion of enactment. Three responses to that Special Issue argue that (1) there is no fundamental qualitative difference between the ontological turn and social constructivism, (2) we need to be wary of overly generic use of the term ontology and (3) the language of turns imposes constraints on the richness and diversity of science and technology studies. In this brief reply, we show how each of those critiques varies in its commitment to circumspection about making objective determinations of reality and to resisting reification. We illustrate our point by considering overlapping discussions in anthropology. This brings out the crucial difference between the science and technology studies slogan it could be otherwise and the multinaturalist motto it actually is otherwise.

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SAGE Publications (UK and US) , 2015. Vol. 45, no 3, 462-467 p.
Keyword [en]
constructivism; ontology; science and technology studies; turns
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Other Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120468DOI: 10.1177/0306312715584010ISI: 000357946100009OAI: diva2:845553
Available from: 2015-08-12 Created: 2015-08-11 Last updated: 2015-08-12

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