Kuhn vs. Popper: The Struggle for the Soul of Science / Edition 1

Kuhn vs. Popper: The Struggle for the Soul of Science / Edition 1

by Steve Fuller
     
 

Although Thomas Kuhn and Karl Popper debated the nature of science only once, the legacy of this encounter has dominated intellectual and public discussions on the topic ever since. Kuhn's relativistic vision of science as just another human activity, like art or philosophy, triumphed over Popper's more positivistic belief in revolutionary discoveries and the

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Overview

Although Thomas Kuhn and Karl Popper debated the nature of science only once, the legacy of this encounter has dominated intellectual and public discussions on the topic ever since. Kuhn's relativistic vision of science as just another human activity, like art or philosophy, triumphed over Popper's more positivistic belief in revolutionary discoveries and the superiority of scientific provability. 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.

Columbia University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231134286
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/07/2004
Series:
Revolutions in Science Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

In Search of the Causes of a Non-EventKuhn and Popper: A Case of Mistaken IdentitiesPopperian Suspicions and Kuhnian VindicationWe've Been Here Before: The Prehistory of the DebateDialectics as the Pulse of Scientific ProgressA Parting Shot at the MisunderstandingWhy Philosophers Get No Respect from ScientistsSo, Why Are Philosophers of Science Pro-Science?The Return of the Repressed: Philosophers as Tory Historians of ScienceThe Religious Unconscious of the DebateDo We Believe by Evidence or by Decision? A Very Short History of EpistemologyThe University as the Absent Presence of the Kuhn-Popper DebatePopper and Adorno United: The Rationalist Left at Positivism's WakePopper and Adorno Divided: The Rationalist Left Haunted by HistoricismHow to be Responsible for Ideas--the Popperian WayFailing the Popperian Test for Intellectual Responsibility: Rorty on HeideggerIs Thomas Kuhn the American Heidegger?

Columbia University Press

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