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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This book is a helpful map of the current insistence on objective primacy, and how that idea came to be prized as a completion or settler of dispute. This task may have been made easier by the fact that photography would not exist for another century. Related articles in Google Scholar.

So perhaps there is something in the second half that would have changed my mind. Needs to be read again in a year or three. What Good is Historical Epistemology? No trivia or quizzes yet.

Sign in via your Institution Sign in. The emergence of objectivity in the mid-nineteenth-century sciences, as revealed through images in scientific atlases–a story of how lofty epistemic ideals fuse with workaday practices. Most users should sign in with their email address.

This entry has no external links. Whether an atlas maker idealizes an image to capture the essentials in the name of truth-to-nature or refuses to erase even the most incidental detail in the name of objectivity or highlights patterns in the name of trained judgment is a decision enforced by an ethos as well as by an epistemology.


The atlas image exists for training the eye of the acolyte. History of Western Philosophy. An ideal which was never–and perhaps would never be found in any single specimen. The book traces this history through that of atlases, those published manuscripts of deliberate observation intended to be comprehensive references of their subject.

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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. Galison and Daston use atlas images to uncover a hidden history of scientific objectivity and its rivals.

On a stylistic level, the writing and pace tend to unveil the scope of this momentous paradox like a true mystery, retaining each historic concept as new ones accumulate. Daston and Galison do a great job explaining the context of these debates and anxieties and what they reveal about the practice of science. Aanosmic rated it liked it Apr 27, Dec 20, Dan Snyder rated it it was amazing.

This is a story of lofty epistemic ideals fused with workaday practices in the making of scientific images. May 21, A. Josh rated it it was amazing Jan 21, Slavery after Rome, — Time spent wrestling with trying to wrap our minds around reality and how best to traverse through it by being able to call out all of its aspects by name. Zammito; Lorraine DastonPeter Galison.


Aug 12, Bill rated it it was amazing. Yes- this is therefore a review of a book I didn’t finish. Brown – – Oxford University Press. Longino – objectuvity Inquiry: It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. And at this point the faston of “representation” is dropped and what remains is a presentation, that ephemeral performance before an audience that is seen once and exists no more.


How do you draw something like cloud formations in an atl The book traces a critical problem of representation in the Scientific Revolution, particularly relating to representing objects of scientific study in atlases.

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The point is always moving as long as movement is viewed as currently is, and the chase will always continue. Questions about whether atlas representations were unduly influenced by their authors’ theoretical biases lead to heated debates, even at the time.

Objectivity is an intricate overview of the Scientific Revolution seen through changing approaches to representation. So truth-to-nature gave way to mechanism, the substitution of fallible human judgment for dispassionate, instrumental copying.

Many of these books still exist. Sep 24, AskHistorians added it Shelves: From Aperspectival Objectivity to Strong Objectivity: Scientific Objectivity and the Logics of Science. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 27