Steve Fuller (born 1959, New York City) graduated from Columbia University in History & Sociology before gaining an M.Phil. from Cambridge and PhD from Pittsburgh, both in the History and Philosophy of Science. He currently holds the Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology.
He is most closely associated with the research program of social epistemology. Originally trained in the history and philosophy of science (Ph.D., 1985, University of Pittsburgh), he is the founder of the research program of social epistemology. It is the name of a quarterly journal he founded with Taylor & Francis in 1987, as well as the first of his books.
He has organized two global cyberconferences for the UK's Economic and Social Research Council: one on public understanding of science (1998), and another on peer review in the social sciences (1999). He has spoken in 30 countries, often keynoting professional academic conferences, and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts since 1995. He was awarded a D.Litt. by Warwick in 2007 for significant career-long contributions to scholarship. He was appointed to the Auguste Comte Chair in Socal Epistemology in 2011, and is a Fellow of the European Academy of Social Sciences. His writings have been translated into twenty languages. His book Kuhn vs Popper was named book of the month (Feb 2005) by the US magazine, Popular Science, The Intellectual was named a book of the year by the UK magazine New Statesman for 2005, and Dissent over Descent was named book of the week by Times Higher Education in July 2008.
He contributed an answer to the 2014 Edge annual question, What scientific idea is due for retirement? One site where his work is regularly pursued by others is the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, maintained by Jim Collier at Virginia Tech - Download CV
Major areas of research are the future of the University and critical intellectuals, the emergence of intellectual property in the information society, the interdisciplinary challenges in the natural and social sciences, the political and epistemological consequences of the new biology.
Steve was UK partner for a Ford Foundation project on the future of higher education, UK partner for an EU FP6 project on the Knowledge Politics of Converging Technologies, and Principal Investigator for an ESRC project on Mimetic Factors on Individual Behaviour. He is active generally in the Science, Politics and Society research cluster in the department.
Current Research Projects:
- Science Fiction and Fantasy Now: An international interdisciplinary conference exploring the representation of contemporary topics and crises in imaginative literature., with Dr Graeme F Macdonald, English and Comparative Literary Studies, Professor Charles R Sheppard - Life Sciences Prof Steve W Fuller - Sociology, Funded by: IAS (Institute of Advanced Study), Project Start Date: 21/08/2014 Project End Date: 23/08/2014
Teaching and Supervision
Since coming to Warwick in 1999, he has supervised several Ph.D. students, taught on the Doctoral Training Programme and the MA in Social Research. He has been convenor of the MA in Philosophy and Social Theory and now teaches on Politics and Social Theory. At the undergraduate level, he has taught the social theory of law, sociology of knowledge and science and, most recently media sociology. He welcomes students working in the sociology of knowledge, history, philosophy and sociology of science, the nature the university and intellectual life, and normative issues relating to recent developments on the impact of science and technology on the political order, especially concerning our changing conceptions of the biological and what it means to be human."
- Fuller, S. (2012) 'The art of being human: a project for general philosophy of science.' Journal for General Philosophy of Science 43 (1), 113 - 123
- Fuller, S. (2012) 'CSI: Kuhn and Latour' Social Studies Of Science 42 (3), 429 - 434
- Fuller, S. (2012) 'The emerging political economy of Humanity 2.0' Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research 25 (1), 79 - 92
- Fuller, S. (2011) 'Why does history matter to the science studies disciplines?: a case for giving the past back its future' Journal of the Philosophy of History 5 (3), 562 - 585
- Fuller, S. (2010) Science: the art of living, Durham, UK. : Acumen