Kuhn vs. Popper
|Series||Revolutions in Science|
|Subject||Thomas Kuhn, Karl Popper|
|Published||2003 (Columbia University Press)|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and Paperback)|
Kuhn vs. Popper: The Struggle for the Soul of Science is a 2003 book by sociologist Steve Fuller, in which Fuller discusses and criticizes the philosophers of science Thomas Kuhn and Karl Popper. The book, published by Columbia University Press, received several negative reviews, but was also made Book of the Month by Popular Science magazine.
Fuller uses the 1965 meeting between Thomas Kuhn and Karl Popper, in which they discussed the philosophy of science, as a point of departure to discuss how their respective philosophies have been received by the media, the public, and scholars.
Academic Rupert Read called the book worthless, and wrote that it presented an over-simplified and distorted view of both Popper and Kuhn. The Economist wrote that the book was not thorough enough to be convincing. The mass circulation US magazine Popular Science made the book Book of the Month in February 2005. A UK-based website, also called 'Popular Science' but bearing no relation to the magazine, wrote that "Fuller rightly points out some of the flaws in both Popper and Kuhn's approach", but added that he wasted an opportunity to explain the philosophy of science in a way that ordinary readers would find useful.
- Read, Rupert (September 2005). "Book Review: How and How Not to Write on a "Legendary" Philosopher". Philosophy of the Social Sciences. 35 (3). pp. 369–387. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- "Book Review: Kuhn vs. Popper". The Economist. Aug 7, 2003. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- "Book Review: Kuhn vs. Popper". 266 (2). Popular Science. February 1, 2005. p. 89. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- Choice July–August 2005 volume 42 i11-12 p1999
- Kirkus November 15, 2004, volume 72, issue 22, p1078
- New Scientist September 6, 2003, volume 179, issue 2411, page 48
- Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Rupert Read Sept 2005 v35 i3 p369-387
- Popular Science February 1, 2005, volume 266, issue 2, page 89
- The Economist (US) August 9, 2003, volume 368, i8336, page 71
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