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Kuhn vs. Popper : the struggle for the soul of science

Author: Steve Fuller
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2004.
Series: Revolutions in science (Columbia University. Press)
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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  Read more...
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Named Person: Thomas S Kuhn; Karl R Popper; Thomas S Kuhn; Karl Raimund Popper, Sir; Thomas S Kuhn; Karl R Popper
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Fuller
ISBN: 0231134282 9780231134286
OCLC Number: 54966602
Description: ix, 143 p. ; 22 cm.
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?
Series Title: Revolutions in science (Columbia University. Press)
Other Titles: Kuhn versus Popper
Responsibility: Steve Fuller.
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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 over 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."--BOOK JACKET.

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