Kuhn vs.Popper: The Struggle for the Soul of Science by Steve Fuller

By Steve Fuller

In 1965 Thomas Kuhn and Karl Popper met on the collage of London to degree what has grew to become out to be the main momentous philosophical debate of the 20 th century. At stake used to be at the least the soul of technological know-how itself...No self-discipline remained untouched via the results of this alternate. was once it quite the sort of great point that Kuhn's 'postmodernism' triumphed over Popper's 'positivism'? Kuhn vs. Popper is a provocative account of a landmark disagreement within which 'the mistaken guy' received. A beautifully looked writer whom Icon are proud to have on board Touches upon each point of wondering technological know-how within the twentieth century Pacey, provocative and certain to obtain media assurance

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However, this lineage was always haunted by the spectre of scepticism, which takes consistently applied critical inquiry to the point of self-destruction. It was with this lineage in mind that Lakatos invited the leading historian of scepticism, Richard Popkin, to give the opening speech at the conference that featured the Kuhn–Popper debate. Lakatos was alive to this strain in Popper’s thought because of his own doctoral research into 58 the 19th-century roots of modern mathematical proof theory, which was published posthumously in 1976 as Proofs and Refutations: The Logic of Mathematical Discovery.

DIALECTICS AS THE PULSE OF SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS Popper used to say that science is philosophy by more exact means. He had in mind the kind of critical philosophy that proceeds by dialectical engagement, pitting one hypothesis against a counter-hypothesis over a commonly disputed matter. This procedure goes back to the Athenian law courts, the local model for Socrates’ own brand of questioning, which was eventually institutionalised as an academic practice with scholastic disputation and, with the 19th-century reinvention of the university, the German dialectical tradition, culminating in Hegel and Marx.

Historicism’s cardinal sin – at both the philosophical and political levels – is its refusal to admit genuine error and hence the need to alter one’s course of belief or action. g. knowledge by induction, legitimation by tradition, salvation by Providence, evolution by natural selection, not to mention the proletarian revolution by historical materialism. As the Popperians read him, Kuhn also endorsed historicism as part of normal scientific training. F. Hegel (1770–1831), and contemporary developments relating to Marxism and fascism.

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