- Professor David Bloor
- Emeritus Professor
- Chisholm House High School Yards Edinburgh UK
- +44 (0)131 650 4256
- BSc (University of Cambridge)
- PhD (University of Edinburgh)
David Bloor, Director of the Science Studies Unit, trained in philosophy and mathematics. He carried out research at Cambridge in the philosophy of science before taking a degree there in psychology; he has an Edinburgh doctorate in psychology. He has written widely on the Kuhn/Popper debate, the cognitive functions of metaphor, and on the sociology of scientific knowledge and Wittgenstein's philosophy. He is author of Knowledge and Social Imagery (Routledge, 1976; 2nd edition Chicago University Press, 1991); Wittgenstein: A Social Theory of Knowledge (Macmillan and Columbia, 1983); and co-author (with Barry Barnes and John Henry) of Scientific Knowledge: A Sociological Analysis (Athlone and Chicago University Press, 1996). He has recently published a second book on the later philosophy of Wittgenstein, called Wittgenstein: Rules and Institutions (Routledge, 1997).
“Epistemic Grace: Antirelativism as Theology in Disguise”, in Common Knowledge, vol.13, 2007, pp.250-280.
"Sociology of Scientific Knowledge", in I. Niiniluoto, et al. (eds.) Handbook of Epistemology (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2004), pp. 919-962.
"Ludwig Wittgenstein and Edmund Burke", in T. Demeter (ed.), Essays on Wittgenstein and Austrian Philosophy, (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004), pp. 109-136.
(with Walter Vincenti) "Boundaries, Contingencies and Rigor: Thoughts on Mathematics Prompted by a Case Study in Transonic Aerodynamics", Social Studies of Science, 33 (2003), pp. 469-507.