Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Against Whiggish History

Posted by Darin Hayton on 10/03 at 10:51 PM

Finally, whiggish narratives, strewn with heroes, only hinder understanding of how the world works. As Athene Donald has written, heroes and geniuses are unrealistic and unhelpful for those who might enter scientific careers in the future. They are equally so for those who are not and have no interest in becoming a scientist, but nevertheless live in a world in which understanding the real rather than ideal relationship between science, technology, people, power and politics is hugely important.

Rebekah Higgitt: “Why whiggish won’t do.”

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