Philosophy of the Social Sciences 35 (4):480-498 (2005)

Steve Fuller
University of Warwick
I respond to Rupert Read's highly critical review of my Kuhn vs Popper: The Struggle for the Soul Science . In contrast to my pro-Popper take on the debate, Read promotes a Wittgenstein-inflected Kuhn, whom I dub "Kuhnenstein." Kuhnenstein is largely the figment of Read's—and others'—fertile philosophical imagination as channeled through scholastic philosophical practice. Contra Read, I argue that Kuhnenstein provides not only a poor basis for social epistemology but Kuhnenstein's prominence itself exemplifies a poor social epistemology for philosophy. Nevertheless, like Read, I wish to speak in favor of amateurism in philosophy; for me, the exemplar is the dialectical Popper rather than the gnomic and dogmatic Kuhnenstein. Key Words: Kuhnenstein • social epistemology • Kuhn • Popper • Wittgenstein • skepticism • language therapy • amateurism.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1177/0048393105280868
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 51,668
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Social Epistemology.Steve Fuller - 1990 - Erkenntnis 33 (1):131-135.
The Case of Fuller Vs Kuhn.Steve Fuller - 2004 - Social Epistemology 18 (1):3-49.
Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge.Imre Lakatos & Alan Musgrave - 1972 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 3 (1):158-162.
Recent Work in Social Epistemology.Steve Fuller - 1996 - American Philosophical Quarterly 33 (2):149 - 166.

View all 12 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Does Thomas Kuhn Have a 'Model of Science'?Wes Sharrock & Rupert Read - 2003 - Social Epistemology 17 (2-3):293-296.
Kuhn on Reference and Essence.Alexander Bird - 2004 - Philosophia Scientiae 8 (1):39-71.
Thomas Kuhn.Rupert Read - 2003 - International Studies in Philosophy 35 (4):162-163.
The Unstatability of Kripkean Scepticism.Rupert Read - 1995 - Philosophical Papers 24 (1):67-74.
Popper and the Rationality Principle.Maurice Lagueux - 1993 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 23 (4):468-480.


Added to PP index

Total views
35 ( #274,590 of 2,333,200 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #587,885 of 2,333,200 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes