Kuhn Vs. Popper: The Struggle for the Soul of Science

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Columbia University Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 143 pages
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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.


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Review: Kuhn vs. Popper: The Struggle For The Soul Of Science (Revolutions in Science)

User Review  - Jason Combs - Goodreads

As soon as I finished reading this book I left the space on my bookshelves where it formerly resided empty and threw the book in the trash. I was hoping for a battle of great minds and ideas a-la ... Read full review

Review: Kuhn vs. Popper: The Struggle For The Soul Of Science (Revolutions in Science)

User Review  - Justin Salisbury - Goodreads

What a load of crap, there may be 50 people that care about the (mostly fantastical) battle between Kuhn & Popper. If you are one of these people... find a hobby. Read full review


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Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

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