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    Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life.Steven Shapin & Simon Schaffer - 1985 - Princeton University Press.
    In a new introduction, the authors describe how science and its social context were understood when this book was first published, and how the study of the history of science has changed since then.
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    A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England.Steven Shapin - 1994 - University of Chicago Press.
    In A Social History of Truth, Shapin engages these universal questions through an elegant recreation of a crucial period in the history of early modern science: ...
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    History of Science and its Sociological Reconstructions.Steven Shapin - 1982 - History of Science 20 (3):157-211.
  4. A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England.Steven Shapin - 1995 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 46 (1):142-144.
     
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    Never Pure: Historical Studies of Science as If It Was Produced by People with Bodies, Situated in Time, Space, Culture, and Society, and Struggling for Credibility and Authority.Steven Shapin - 2010 - Johns Hopkins University Press.
    Steven Shapin argues that science, for all its immense authority and power, is and always has been a human endeavor, subject to human capacities and limits.
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    Discipline and Bounding: The History and Sociology of Science as Seen Through the Externalism-Internalism Debate.Steven Shapin - 1992 - History of Science 30 (90):333-369.
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    The House of Experiment in Seventeenth-Century England.Steven Shapin - 1988 - Isis 79:373-404.
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    The Place of Knowledge A Methodological Survey.Adi Ophir & Steven Shapin - 1991 - Science in Context 4 (1):3-22.
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    Phrenological Knowledge and the Social Structure of Early Nineteenth-Century Edinburgh.Steven Shapin - 1975 - Annals of Science 32 (3):219-243.
    This account of the conflict between phrenologists and anti-phrenologists in early nineteenth-century Edinburgh is offered as a case study in the sociological explanation of intellectual activity. The historiographical value and propriety of a sociological approach to ideas is defended against accounts which assume the autonomy of knowledge. By attending to the social context of the debate and the functions of ideas in that context one may construct an explanation of why the conflict took the course it did.
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    The House of Experiment in Seventeenth-Century England.Steven Shapin - 1988 - Isis 79 (3):373-404.
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    Here and Everywhere - Sociology of Scientific Knowledge.Steven Shapin - 1995 - Annual Review of Sociology 21:289-321.
    The sociology of scientific knowledge is one of the profession’s most marginal specialties, yet its objects of inquiry, its modes of inquiry, and certain of its findings have very substantial bearing upon the nature and scope of the sociological enterprise in general. While traditional sociology of knowledge asked how, and to what extent, "social factors" might influence the products of the mind, SSK sought to show that knowledge was constitutively social, and in so doing, it raised fundamental questions about taken-for-granted (...)
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    “The Mind Is Its Own Place”: Science and Solitude in Seventeenth-Century England.Steven Shapin - 1991 - Science in Context 4 (1):191-218.
    The ArgumentIt is not easy to point to the place of knowledge in our culture. More precisely, it is difficult to locate the production of our most valued forms of knowledge, including those of religion, literature and science. A pervasive topos in Western culture, from the Greeks onward, stipulates that the most authentic intellectual agents are the most solitary. The place of knowledge is nowhere in particular and anywhere at all. I sketch some uses of the theme of the solitary (...)
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  13. The Politics of Observation: Cerebral Anatomy and Social Interests in the Edinburgh Phrenology Disputes.Steven Shapin - 1979 - In Roy Wallis (ed.), On the Margins of Science: The Social Construction of Rejected Knowledge. University of Keele. pp. 27--139.
     
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    “A Scholar and a Gentleman”: The Problematic Identity of the Scientific Practitioner in Early Modern England.Steven Shapin - 1991 - History of Science 29 (3):279-327.
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  15. The Sciences of Subjectivity.Steven Shapin - 2017 - In Babette Babich (ed.), Hermeneutic Philosophies of Social Science: Introduction. De Gruyter. pp. 123-142.
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    Of Gods and Kings: Natural Philosophy and Politics in the Leibniz-Clarke Disputes.Steven Shapin - 1981 - Isis 72:187-215.
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    Hyperprofessionalism and the Crisis of Readership in the History of Science.Steven Shapin - 2005 - Isis 96:238-243.
    There is a crisis of readership for work in our field, as in many other academic disciplines. One of its causes is a pathological form of the professionalism that we so greatly value. “Hyperprofessionalism” is a disease whose symptoms include self‐referentiality, self‐absorption, and a narrowing of intellectual focus. This essay describes some features and consequences of hyperprofessionalism in the history of science and offers a modest suggestion for a possible cure.
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    Descartes the Doctor: Rationalism and its Therapies.Steven Shapin - 2000 - British Journal for the History of Science 33 (2):131-154.
    During the Scientific Revolution one important gauge of the quality of reformed natural philosophical knowledge was its ability to produce a more effective medical practice. Indeed, it was sometimes thought that philosophers who pretended to possess new and more potent philosophical knowledge might display that possession in personal health and longevity. René Descartes repeatedly wrote that a better medical practice was a major aim of his philosophical enterprise. He said that he had made important strides towards achieving that aim and, (...)
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    Hyperprofessionalism and the Crisis of Readership in the History of Science.Steven Shapin - 2005 - Isis 96 (2):238-243.
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    Prosopography as a Research Tool in History of Science: The British Scientific Community 1700–1900.Steven Shapin & Arnold Thackray - 1974 - History of Science 12 (1):1-28.
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    Robert Boyle and Mathematics: Reality, Representation, and Experimental Practice.Steven Shapin - 1988 - Science in Context 2 (1):23-58.
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    The Ivory Tower: The History of a Figure of Speech and its Cultural Uses.Steven Shapin - 2012 - British Journal for the History of Science 45 (1):1-27.
    This is a historical survey of how and why the notion of the Ivory Tower became part of twentieth- and twenty-first-century cultural vocabularies. It very briefly tracks the origins of the tag in antiquity, documents its nineteenth-century resurgence in literary and aesthetic culture, and more carefully assesses the political and intellectual circumstances, especially in the 1930s and 1940s, in which it became a common phrase attached to universities and to features of science and in which it became a way of (...)
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    Of Gods and Kings: Natural Philosophy and Politics in the Leibniz-Clarke Disputes.Steven Shapin - 1981 - Isis 72 (2):187-215.
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    The Sciences of Subjectivity.Steven Shapin - 2017 - In Babette Babich (ed.), Hermeneutic Philosophies of Social Science. De Gruyter. pp. 123-142.
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    Understanding the Merton Thesis.Steven Shapin - 1988 - Isis 79:594-605.
  26. Kuhn’s Structure: A Moment in Modern Naturalism.Steven Shapin - 2015 - In Alisa Bokulich & William J. Devlin (eds.), Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions - 50 Years On. Springer Verlag.
     
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    The Audience for Science in Eighteenth Century Edinburgh.Steven Shapin - 1974 - History of Science 12 (2):95-121.
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    Personal Development and Intellectual Biography: The Case of Robert Boyle.Steven Shapin - 1993 - British Journal for the History of Science 26 (3):335-345.
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    Talking History: Reflections on Discourse Analysis.Steven Shapin - 1984 - Isis 75:125-130.
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    Property, Patronage, and the Politics of Science: The Founding of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.Steven Shapin - 1974 - British Journal for the History of Science 7 (1):1-41.
    The institutionalization of natural knowledge in the form of a scientific society may be interpreted in several ways. If we wish to view science as something apart, unchanging in its intellectual nature, we may regard the scientific enterprise as presenting to the sustaining social system a number of absolute and necessary organizational demands: for example, scientific activity requires acceptance as an important social activity valued for its own sake, that is, it requires autonomy; it is separate from other forms of (...)
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    The Tastes of Wine: Towards a Cultural History.Steven Shapin - 2012 - Rivista di Estetica 51:49-94.
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    Understanding the Merton Thesis.Steven Shapin - 1988 - Isis 79 (4):594-605.
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    Science Incarnate: Historical Embodiments of Natural Knowledge.Christopher Lawrence & Steven Shapin (eds.) - 1998 - University of Chicago Press.
    Ever since Greek antiquity "disembodied knowledge" has often been taken as synonymous with "objective truth." Yet we also have very specific mental images of the kinds of bodies that house great minds--the ascetic philosopher versus the hearty surgeon, for example. Does truth have anything to do with the belly? What difference does it make to the pursuit of knowledge whether Einstein rode a bicycle, Russell was randy, or Darwin flatulent? Bringing body and knowledge into such intimate contact is occasionally seen (...)
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    Hard Science, Soft Science: A Political History of a Disciplinary Array.Steven Shapin - forthcoming - History of Science:007327532210947.
    A distinction between the “hard” and “soft” scientific disciplines is a modern commonplace, widely invoked to contrast the natural and the social sciences and to distribute value accordingly, where it was generally agreed that it was good to be “hard,” bad to be “soft.” I trace the emergence of the distinction to institutional and political circumstances in the United States in the second part of the twentieth century; I describe varying academic efforts to give the contrast coherent meaning; I note (...)
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  35. Trust, Honesty, and the Authority of Science.Steven Shapin - 1995 - In Ruth Ellen Bulger, Elizabeth Meyer Bobby & Harvey V. Fineberg (eds.), Society's Choices: Social and Ethical Decision Making in Biomedicine. National Academy Press. pp. 388--408.
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    O Henry. [REVIEW]Steven Shapin - 1987 - Isis 78:417-424.
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    Letters to the Editor.Daniel Simberloff, Philip J. Pauly, Wesley M. Stevens, William D. McCready, Marco Beretta, Louise Y. Palmer, Steven Shapin & Mordechai Feingold - 1996 - Isis 87 (4):676-687.
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    Conference Reports.Steven Shapin & N. Sivin - 1980 - Isis 71 (2):284-285.
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  39. Cordelia’s Love: Credibility and the Social Studies of Science.Steven Shapin - 1995 - Perspectives on Science 3 (3):255-275.
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  40. Hobbes. [REVIEW]Steven Shapin - 1987 - British Journal for the History of Science 20 (2):236-237.
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  41. Science and Anti-ScienceGerald Holton.Steven Shapin - 1994 - Isis 85 (4):725-726.
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  42. Science and Society in Restoration EnglandMichael Hunter.Steven Shapin - 1982 - Isis 73 (2):314-315.
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  43. Science and Society in Restoration England by Michael Hunter. [REVIEW]Steven Shapin - 1982 - Isis 73:314-315.
     
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  44. Scientific Growth: Essays on the Social Organization and Ethos of Science by Joseph Ben-David; Gad Freudenthal. [REVIEW]Steven Shapin - 1992 - Isis 83:525-526.
     
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  45. Symposium on History of Science Today: Tradition and Change Uppsala, Sweden, 18-19 November 1982.Steven Shapin - 1983 - Isis 74:248-249.
  46. Symposium on History of Science Today: Tradition and Change Uppsala, Sweden, 18-19 November 1982.Steven Shapin - 1983 - Isis 74 (2):248-249.
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    Alchemy and Parapsychology Marsha P. Hannen, Margaret J. Osler, and Robert G. Weyant , Science, Pseudo-Science and Society, Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, for the Calgary Institute for the Humanities, 1980. Pp. X + 303. $7.50. [REVIEW]Steven Shapin - 1983 - British Journal for the History of Science 16 (1):99-101.
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    General Science, Technology and Society: A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective. Edited by Ina Spiegel-Rösing and Derek de Solla Price. London and Beverly Hills: Sage, 1977. Pp. Xi + 607. £20.00. [REVIEW]Steven Shapin - 1979 - British Journal for the History of Science 12 (1):90-91.
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    Stephen Gaukroger, Francis Bacon and the Transformation of Early-Modern Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. Pp. XII+249. Isbn 0-521-80536-8. £14·95, $21·95. [REVIEW]Steven Shapin - 2002 - British Journal for the History of Science 35 (1):97-123.
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    Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Conquest of Mind: Phrenology and Victorian Social Thought. By David de Giustino. London: Croom Helm, 1975. Pp. Viii + 248. £6.00. [REVIEW]Steven Shapin - 1977 - British Journal for the History of Science 10 (2):177-179.
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