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Fuller on Science

Philosophy of the Social Sciences , Volume 33 (2): 261 – Jun 1, 2003


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10.1177/0048393103252195 ARTICLE PHILOSOPHY OF THE SOCIAL Jarvie / FULLER ON SCIENCE SCIENCES / June 2003 Fuller on Science I. C. JARVIE York University, Toronto Steve Fuller, Science. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 1997. Pp. viii + 159. Can$20.95 (paper). ------, The Governance of Science. Ideology and the Future of the Open Society. Open University Press, Buckingham, UK, 2000 (in Canada, University of British Columbia Press). Pp. xii + 167. Can$32.95 (paper). ------, Thomas Kuhn: A Philosophical History for Our Times. University of Chicago Press, 2000. Pp. xvii + 472. $35.00 (hardcover); $22.50 (paper). The politically repulsive aspect of the established philosophy of science is no accident. The philosophers of science do not offer criteria by which to examine current science, but, on the contrary, they take it for granted that every satisfactory criterion will prove the choices made by the leaderships of the natural sciences correct. This is why there is an advantage to the view of Polanyi and Kuhn, which takes the very endorsement of an idea by the establishment as the sole criterion. --Agassi (1995, 164) INTRODUCTION: KUHN'S UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES Three recent books by Steve Fuller advance a single project: to account for the uncritical character
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