The Image of Objectivity. STOR. Lorraine Daston; Peter Galison. Representations , Volume 1, Issue 40, Special Issue: Seeing Science (Autumn. Jesse said: Objectivity is not coextensive with science but it does associate with one In Objectivity, Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison chart the emergence of. Prologue: objectivity shock — Epistemologies of the eye — Blind sight — Collective empiricism — Objectivity is new — Histories of the scientific self — Epistemic.

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Josh rated it it was amazing Jan 21, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. You do not currently have access to this article. Many of these books still exist. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. Supported by beautiful images including many color plates, the authors mark the ebb and flow of subjectively influenced depiction and objectivity-enhancing illustration as scientific thought dances with it changing theories of representation.

An ideal which was never–and perhaps would never be found in any single specimen. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Open Preview See a Problem? Paul Booker rated it it was amazing Sep 14, No longer does the working scientist labor to make the perfect carbon copy of nature. From inside the book. This is a story of lofty epistemic ideals fused with workaday practices in the making of scientific images.

And this is probably what the general public thinks of as objectivity today. At first they may require guidance in seeing what the expert notes at a glance. In Objectivity, Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison chart the emergence of objectivity in the mid-nineteenth-century sciences–and show how the concept differs from its alternatives, truth-to-nature and trained judgment.


This history of the atlas goes through phases corresponding to the aforementioned aspects of scientific objectivity. Since the pursuit of truth has the avoidance of error as its companion, this suppression of one’s individuality, along with all its own subjective inclinations, came to be the paragon of objectivity in 20th century science.

It is something that I believe to be important in an understanding of the world and his A fantastic book that delves into a topic I would categorize as common sense. So truth-to-nature gave way to mechanism, the substitution of fallible human judgment for dispassionate, objecctivity copying.

Most users should sign in with their email address. Galison and Daston use atlas images to uncover a hidden history of scientific objectivity and its rivals.

And knowledge of what things are, like all forms of knowing, must be knowledge for us and conform to our own specific capacities for receiving it. May 21, A. Jul 02, Tom Llorraine rated it liked it. Will-to-will-lessness became a virtue of the working scientist as the self came to be seen more as an intrusion on the proper representation of things. Nicole von Buelow rated dastn liked it Nov 07, An infinite project engaged by finite means.

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Benjamin Mitchell rated it liked it Mar 19, What Good is Historical Epistemology? Brilliant, of course, but also dasfon repetitive in stating its thesis. Hardcoverpages. One of the few academic texts I’d recommend to someone who wasn’t actively doing research on the subject area.

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. Objectivity is not coextensive with science but it does associate with one or another of the epistemic virtues that scientists strive after in the course of objectjvity work.


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To pursue objectivity–or truth-to-nature or trained judgment–is simultaneously to cultivate a distinctive scientific self wherein knowing and knower converge. For the sake of full disclosure, I came to this conclusion after about half way through this book, and decided to read something else. Or should it be completely replicated even if the individual objectviity has abnormalities that aren’t representative of the species?

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Oct 16, Josh Doty added it Shelves: Philip Lewin – – Inquiry: Laura rated it liked it Nov 28, Slavery after Rome, — Manchmal aber vielleicht etwas zu ausschweifend und in Fallbeispielen versinkend. Objectivity by Lorraine Daston. Three regimes of meaning, they contend, shaped the modern trajectory of the notion of objectivity, each inflecting and displacing but never eliminating what went before.

Related articles in Google Scholar. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? Despite its current naturalization as the dawton mode of science, the development of an objective stance was never a foregone conclusion. The invention of new instrumental aids for observation went hand in hand with the new belief that the observer should not introduce themselves into the act.

The idea that objectivity could have a history, and as objecfivity idea have a birth I find to be something truly important. This is appropriate for several reasons.

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Though this did not mean to represent accurately.