Turner on Merton

Philosophy of the Social Sciences 39 (2):284-293 (2009)
Abstract
Stephen Turner complains about weaknesses of Robert K. Merton's teachings without noticing that these are common. He puts down Merton's ideas despite his innovations, on the ground that they are not successful and not sufficiently revolutionary. The criteria by which he condemns Merton are too vague and too high. Merton's merit is in his having put the sociology of science on the map and drawn attention to the egalitarianism that was prominent in classical science and that is now diminished. Key Words: American sociology • intellectual frameworks • Merton • middle axioms • time lag.
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