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A sociological paradigm in crisis,
This review is from: Kuhn Vs.Popper: The Struggle for the Soul of Science (Hardcover)
This book tells me, anyhow, that the dreadful paradigm of sociology is in total (and seemingly permanent) crisis. As Hume would say: "to the flames".
I could not get anything from this book. I bought this book out of my interest in the philosophy of science. But, this is philosophy of science "socialised", and it simply makes an interesting and important subject into dull scholasticism (or into "historicism" as Popper would say).
Fuller likes to point out the pure nonsense that is rested on Popper and Kuhn's shoulders (mostly from people in Fuller's trade, it has to be added). But how does his book of sociological scholasticism help? The book has no coherent pattern, many chapters have no meaning at all ... it would be advisable to have a coherent book-plan before writing a book, as I would expect from anyone with an education. I just wanted to throw it out of the window.
I think it is better to read the people themselves - Popper, Kuhn, Lakatos .... it is totally amazing that the book does not discuss the Kuhn-Popper debate in any detail whatsoever, only its "historical significance".