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Steve Fuller (born 1959, New York City) holds the Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology. He is most closely associated with the research program of social epistemology. Originally trained in the history and philosophy of science (Ph.D., 1985, University of Pittsburgh), he is the founder of the research program of social epistemology. It is the name of a quarterly journal he founded with Taylor & Francis in 1987, as well as the first of his books: Social Epistemology (Indiana University Press, 1988), Philosophy of Science and Its Discontents, 2nd edn. (Guilford Press, 1993), Philosophy, Rhetoric and the End of Knowledge (University of Wisconsin Press, 1993; 2nd edn. with James Collier, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004), Science (Open University Press and University of Minnesota Press, 1997), The Governance of Science: Ideology and the Future of the Open Society (Open University Press, 2000), Thomas Kuhn: A Philosophical History for Our Times (University of Chicago Press, 2000); Knowledge Management Foundations (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2002); Kuhn vs Popper: The Struggle for the Soul of Science (Icon and Columbia University Press, 2003); The Intellectual (Icon 2005); The Philosophy of Science and Technology Studies (Routledge, 2006); The New Sociological Imagination (Sage, 2006); The Knowledge Book: Key Concepts in Philosophy, Science and Culture (Acumen, 2007); Science vs Religion? (Polity, 2007); New Frontiers in Science and Technology Studies (Polity, 2007); Dissent over Descent (Icon, 2008); The Sociology of Intellectual Life (Sage, 2009); Science: The Art of Living (Acumen, 2010); Humanity 2.0: What It Means to Be Human Past, Present and Future (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); Preparing for Life in Humanity 2.0 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation for Transhumanism (with Veronika Lipinska, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); Knowledge: The Philosophical Quest in History (Acumen, 2014).
Fuller has organized two global cyberconferences for the UK's Economic and Social Research Council: one on public understanding of science (1998), and another on peer review in the social sciences (1999). He has spoken in 30 countries, often keynoting professional academic conferences, and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 1995. He was awarded a D.Litt. by Warwick in 2007 for significant career-long contributions to scholarship. He was appointed to the Auguste Comte Chair in Socal Epistemology in 2011, and is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences. In 2012 he was elected as a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (Divison I: Humanities).
His writings have been translated into twenty languages. His book Kuhn vs Popper was named book of the month (Feb 2005) by the US magazine, Popular Science, The Intellectual was named a book of the year by the UK magazine New Statesman for 2005, and Dissent over Descent was named book of the week by Times Higher Education in July 2008. He contributed an answer to the 2014 Edge annual question, What scientific idea is due for retirement? One site where his work is regularly pursued by others is the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, maintained by Jim Collier at Virginia Tech.
Fuller was UK partner for a Ford Foundation project on the future of higher education, UK partner for an EU FP6 project on the Knowledge Politics of Converging Technologies, and Principal Investigator for an ESRC project on Mimetic Factors on Individual Behaviour. He is active generally in the Science, Politics and Society research cluster in the department.
Since coming to Warwick in 1999, he has supervised several Ph.D. students, taught on the Doctoral Training Programme and the MA in Social Research. He has been convenor of the MA in Philosophy and Social Theory and now teaches on Politics and Social Theory. He also convenes the MSc in Science, Media and Public Policy. At the undergraduate level, he has taught the social theory of law, sociology of knowledge, and media sociology. He welcomes students working in the sociology of knowledge, history, philosophy and sociology of science, the nature the university and intellectual life, and normative issues relating to recent developments on the impact of science and technology on the political order, especially concerning our changing conceptions of the biological and what it means to be human.
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