On the Ontology of Actor-Network Theory

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Wen-Yuan Lin
Center for General Education and the Graduate Institute of Sociology, National Tsing Hua University

Exploring the social characteristics of scientific knowledge and rationality has been an intrinsic problematic of science and technology studies (STS). After examining sociological studies of scientific communities and social studies of scientific knowledge, STS enquiries now have turned to the role of knowledge and knowing in the constitution of the known object. Among them, Actor-Network Theory (ANT) is an important approach. This paper first delineates this ontological turn of ANT: ontology-in-practice.

Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 4 (April 2007), 65-108
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