A picture of virtue: Review of Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison, Objectivity

Henning, M. (2008) A picture of virtue: Review of Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison, Objectivity. New Formations, 64 (Winter). ISSN 0950-2387

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This is a 2,500 word book review of Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison’s co-written book, Objectivity, Zone Books, New York, 2007. I emphasise how they explain objectivity as a virtue, and use descriptions of scientific practices. I explain their distinctions between different kinds of objectivity, and their account of its philosophical origins. I argue that they could pay more attention to the social context of the emergence of these concepts, and introduce Otto Neurath’s work to challenge their explanation of “structural objectivity”. I say their concept of attention is subtle, and praise the book for its dialogic and suggestive style.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:objectivity, history of science, visual culture, Otto Neurath
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > School of Art and Design
ID Code:11136
Deposited By: G. Brown
Deposited On:23 Aug 2010 09:27
Last Modified:12 Aug 2013 08:03

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