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Kuhn vs. Popper : the struggle for the soul of science /
Steve Fuller.
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New York : Columbia University Press, c2004.
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ix, 143 p. ; 22 cm.
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0231134282
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New York : Columbia University Press, c2004.
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0231134282
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5424877
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [129]-134) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-07-01:
This slight volume is a lively, incisive summary of issues in social epistemology on which Fuller has written extensively over the past 15 years. Unlike his previous long academic critique of Kuhn (Thomas Kuhn, CH, Nov'00, 38-1525), this work brings the debate over the "soul of science" from academic rhetoric to burning questions about the moral and social implications of science, especially in its various means of production of knowledge. Fuller sees Kuhn as supporting an authoritarian point of view, as opposed to Popper's libertarian attitude toward quests for knowledge. The depth of Fuller's scholarship is shown in a highly informative bibliographic essay. Because the work was originally published in England as part of a series intended for nonspecialists, there are no formal references. This volume will be of great interest both to academic specialists and general readers. It includes a useful glossary of philosophical terms and a good index. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers. H. C. Byerly emeritus, University of Arizona
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A feisty and rich little book...always stimulating
"A feisty and rich little book...always stimulating" -- A. C. Grayling, Financial Times
A provocative read.
"A provocative read." -- Robert J. Deltete, Philosophy In Review
A succinct yet in-depth inquiry into a significant philosophical issue.
"A succinct yet in-depth inquiry into a significant philosophical issue." -- Kirkus
It's a fascinating and, at 132 pages, delightfully concise work.
"It's a fascinating and, at 132 pages, delightfully concise work. " -- Gregory Mone, Popular Science
Kuhn vs. Popper is a concise and engaging book that philosophers of science, investigators of political thought and, indeed, laymen with a philosophical interest will find an interesting read.
" Kuhn vs. Popperis a concise and engaging book that philosophers of science, investigators of political thought and, indeed, laymen with a philosophical interest will find an interesting read." -- Milja Kurki, History of Political Thought
" Kuhn vs. Popper is a concise and engaging book that philosophers of science, investigators of political thought and, indeed, laymen with a philosophical interest will find an interesting read." -- Milja Kurki, History of Political Thought
Provocative and brilliant.
"Provocative and brilliant." -- Neil McLaughlin, Canadian Journal of Sociology Online
This is an eloquently written book, offering new and interesting perspectives on the moral and social ramifications of this debate.
"This is an eloquently written book, offering new and interesting perspectives on the moral and social ramifications of this debate." -- Ray Percival, New Scientist
This slight volume is a lively, incisive volume...This volume will be of great interest both to academic specialists and general readers...Recommended.
"This slight volume is a lively, incisive volume...This volume will be of great interest both to academic specialists and general readers...Recommended." -- Choice
Reading Steve Fuller is like reading Umberto Eco on speed.
"Reading Steve Fuller is like reading Umberto Eco on speed." -- Jeff Hughes, University of Manchester
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Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions has sold over a million copies in more than twenty languages and has remained one of the ten most cited academic works for the past half century. In contrast, Karl Popper's seminal book The Logic of Scientific Discovery has lapsed into relative obscurity. Although the two men debated the nature of science only once, the legacy of this encounter has dominated intellectual and public discussions on the topic ever since. Almost universally recognized as the modern watershed in the philosophy of science, Kuhn's relativistic vision of shifting paradigms -- which asserted that science was just another human activity, like art or philosophy, only more specialized -- triumphed over Popper's more positivistic belief in science's revolutionary potential to falsify society's dogmas. But has this victory been beneficial for science? Steve Fuller argues that not only has Kuhn's dominance had an adverse impact on the field but both thinkers have been radically misinterpreted in the process. This debate raises a vital question: Can science remain an independent, progressive force in society, or is it destined to continue as the technical wing of the military-industrial complex? Drawing on original research -- including the Kuhn archives at MIT -- Fuller offers a clear account of "Kuhn vs. Popper" and what it will mean for the future of scientific inquiry.
Main Description
Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutionshas sold over a million copies in more than twenty languages and has remained one of the ten most cited academic works for the past half century. In contrast, Karl Popper's seminal book The Logic of Scientific Discoveryhas lapsed into relative obscurity. Although the two men debated the nature of science only once, the legacy of this encounter has dominated intellectual and public discussions on the topic ever since.Almost universally recognized as the modern watershed in the philosophy of science, Kuhn's relativistic vision of shifting paradigms -- which asserted that science was just another human activity, like art or philosophy, only more specialized -- triumphed over Popper's more positivistic belief in science's revolutionary potential to falsify society's dogmas. But has this victory been beneficial for science? Steve Fuller argues that not only has Kuhn's dominance had an adverse impact on the field but both thinkers have been radically misinterpreted in the process. This debate raises a vital question: Can science remain an independent, progressive force in society, or is it destined to continue as the technical wing of the military-industrial complex? Drawing on original research -- including the Kuhn archives at MIT -- Fuller offers a clear account of "Kuhn vs. Popper" and what it will mean for the future of scientific inquiry.
Table of Contents
In Search of the Causes of a Non-Event Kuhn and Popper
A Case of Mistaken Identities Popperian Suspicions and Kuhnian Vindication
We've Been Here Before
The Prehistory of the Debate Dialectics as the Pulse of Scientific Progress
A Parting Shot at the Misunderstanding Why Philosophers
Get No Respect from Scientists
So, Why Are Philosophers of Science Pro-Science?
The Return of the Repressed
Philosophers as Tory Historians of Science
The Religious Unconscious of the Debate Do
We Believe by Evidence or by Decision?
A Very Short History of Epistemology
The University as the Absent Presence of the Kuhn-Popper
Debate Popper and Adorno United
The Rationalist Left at Positivism's Wake Popper and Adorno Divided
The Rationalist Left Haunted by Historicism
How to be Responsible for Ideas -- the Popperian
Way Failing the Popperian Test for Intellectual
Responsibility: Rorty on Heidegger Is Thomas Kuhn the American Heidegger?
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