Legend naturalism and scientific progress: An essay on Philip Kitcher's the advancement of science

Philip Kitcher's The Advancement of Science sets out, programmatically, a new naturalistic view of science as a process of building consensus practices. Detailed historical case studies--centrally, the Darwinian revolution--are intended to support this view. I argue that Kitcher's expositions in fact support a more conservative view, that I dub 'Legend Naturalism'. Using four historical examples which increasingly challenge Kitcher's discussions, I show that neither Legend Naturalism, nor the less conservative programmatic view, gives an adequate account of scientific progress. I argue for a naturalism that is more informed by psychology and a normative account that is both more social and less realist than the views articulated in The Advancement of Science
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DOI 10.1016/0039-3681(95)00003-6
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Philip Kitcher (1992). The Naturalists Return. Philosophical Review 101 (1):53-114.
C. Carey & R. N. Giere (1992). Cognitive Models of Science. In R. Giere & H. Feigl (eds.), Cognitive Models of Science. University of Minnesota Press.

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