BookReview: Kuhn vs. Popper: The Struggle for the Soul of Science
by Steve Fuller, Columbia University Press, November 23, 2004, 978-0231134286
Steve Fuller writes a full book. This was my introduction to Thomas Kuhn. I think he did a pretty good job, especially now that I have also read The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn did write sloppily. Fuller calls him an intellectual coward. At the same time, I do think Kuhn modeled the history of science pretty well. Popper's view is to "objective", when reality is quite subjective, and there is certainly a winner's history in all of science.
Fuller's history of how Popper and Kuhn came by their different versions of the philosophy of science was also excellent.
I didn't so much like the end. It was a technical take-down of Kuhn. He models Kuhn on Heidegger. I suspect Paul Feyerabend would have ripped Fuller's argumentation to shreds.
This slim book is a good read to pique your interest in the science of philosophy. It certainly piqued mine enough to keep me reading other books by 20th century philosophers. I should warn you that although slim, it's dense. Fuller writes like a professor of philosophy with ten-dollar words and jargon. Neither Kuhn, Popper, Lakatos, nor Feyerabend would appreciate his writing, I think. If you find Kuhn vs Popper impenetrable, you might go directly to the source for an easier read.
Via Rob 10/24/2008
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