Gerardo Ienna

From social to political epistemology. New perspectives in epistemology and history of science.

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Keywords: social epistemology, political epistemology, Gramsci, feminist epistemology, science and technology studies.

Social epistemology and Political epistemology are two relatively young and recent fields of inquiry. Both are animated by the common tension of wanting to respond to the most recent public and political discussions about the status of truth and knowledge in contemporary societies. In this article I analyze some of the most recent and relevant publications in these fields of research. The first is a programmatic monograph aimed at defining the limits of the field: Political epistemology. The Problem of Ideology in Science Studies by Pietro D. Omodeo (2019). Two of them are aimed at illustrating the state of the art of the debates: The Routledge handbook of Social epistemology (2019, edited by Miranda Fricker, Peter J. Graham, David Handerson and Nikolaj J.L.L. Pedersen) and The Routledge Handbook of Political epistemology (2021, edited by Michael Hannon and Jeroen de Ridder). Two others are edited volumes aimed at probing specific aspects of the debate: Political epistemology (2021, edited by Elizabeth Edenberg and Michael Hannon) and Cultural Hegemony in a Scientific World: Gramscian Concepts for the History of Science (2020, edited by Massimiliano Badino and Pietro D. Omodeo).

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