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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Books by Lorraine Daston. How do you draw something like cloud formations in an atlas to demonstrate the difference lordaine Cirrus and Cumulus clouds, even though clouds are constantly changing shape? Third, it is obvious that the atlas is meant to be the crystallized product of observation. Questions about whether atlas representations were unduly influenced by their authors’ theoretical biases lead to heated debates, even at the time.

Objectivity by Lorraine Daston

Objectivity is not coextensive with science but it does associate with one or another of the epistemic virtues that scientists strive after in the course of their work. This is theater over cinema. The search will only end when we have walked every step through our limitations, and continue when we find ways around then.

The title is rather misleading though. One of the few academic texts I’d recommend to someone who wasn’t actively doing research on the subject area. Objectivity has a history, and it is full of surprises. Embedded in the atlas image, therefore, are the traces of consequential choices about knowledge, persona, and collective sight.


Reality seems to reveal itself in the guise of your expectations, and this is the ethical consideration that makes this book more valuable as it unfolds. Related articles in Google Scholar. Open Preview See a Problem? Jan 31, Gyewon rated it liked it Shelves: Manchmal aber vielleicht etwas zu ausschweifend und in Fallbeispielen versinkend.

If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Pete rated it it was amazing Mar 29, Many of these books still exist. In their landmark monograph, Daston and Galison examine the visual practices of scientific epistemology in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, arguing that the development of these Published October 1st by Zone Books first published January 1st Josh McBee rated it it was amazing Sep 07, Nicole von Buelow rated it liked it Nov 07, I recently read their article, “The Image of Objectivity” with much delight, so am looking forward to an extended exploration of the ideas.

We have good data about what atlas authors believed to be the proper way to represent their subject.


Zone Books- Philosophy – pages. As Daston and Galison argue, atlases shape the subjects as well as the objects of science. You do not currently have access to this article.

No two oak trees will look the same though they will look similarso how does the artist draw it so that it can be easily recognized in real life by referencing the atlas? Preview — Objectivity by Lorraine Daston. Ultimately, the fear of being wrong forces us into walling off possibilities as we insist on being right.

The idea that objectivity could have a history, and as an idea have a birth I find to be something truly important. Those repetitions can be easily skipped without losing much meaning.


This is how to write the history of a scientific, ethical, social concept and its subsequent development. From Aperspectival Objectivity to Strong Objectivity: Zammito; Lorraine DastonPeter Galison. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This really should get more stars, but I keep thinking that people could save themselves about pages and read the journal article that the authors lofraine wrote: Will-to-will-lessness became a virtue of the working scientist as the self came to be seen more as an intrusion on the proper representation of things.

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Oxford University Press objectovity a department of the University of Oxford. Since the pursuit of truth has the avoidance of error as its companion, this suppression of one’s individuality, along with all its own subjective inclinations, came to be the paragon of objectivity in 20th century science. To account for this, they claim that the pbjectivity of objectivity always expresses anxieties about subjectivity: To ask other readers questions about Objectivityplease sign up.

It happened to coincide with a positivist philosophy which pushed for universalism in how science was communicated. On a sty A genealogy of epistemic aesthetics. Want to Read saving….