The politics and contexts of Soviet science studies (Naukovedenie): Soviet philosophy of science at the crossroads
Author: Aronova, Elena
Source: Studies in East European Thought, Volume 63, Number 3, August 2011 , pp. 175-202(28)
Abstract:Naukovedenie (literarily meaning ‘science studies’), was first institutionalized in the Soviet Union in the twenties, then resurfaced and was widely publicized in the sixties, as a new mode of reflection on science, its history, its intellectual foundations, and its management, after which it dominated Soviet historiography of science until perestroika. Tracing the history of meta-studies of science in the USSR from its early institutionalization in the twenties when various political, theoretical and institutional struggles set the stage for the development of the field, to the sixties when the field resurfaced within the particular political context of the Cold War, and using the history of Moscow Institute for the History of Science and Technology as a case-study, I situate Soviet naukovedenie project within the culture of late-socialism in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, asking what this discourse meant for its creators and practitioners, as well as for the high-ranked Soviet officials who provided the authoritative support for this field.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of History, Science Studies Program, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA, 92093, USA, Email: email@example.com
Publication date: August 1, 2011