Naturalizing Epistemology: Thomas Kuhn and the 'Essential Tension'

Hardcover | January 15, 2010

byFred D'Agostino

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In identifying that the essential tension is the balance between conservative and innovative approaches in the development of knowledge -- tried-and tested or new directions -- Kuhn pointed out that these two attitudes are both appropriate. This study adds to this picture the social and psychological dynamics that underpin any such balancing.

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In identifying that the essential tension is the balance between conservative and innovative approaches in the development of knowledge -- tried-and tested or new directions -- Kuhn pointed out that these two attitudes are both appropriate. This study adds to this picture the social and psychological dynamics that underpin any such bal...

FRED D'AGOSTINO is Professor of Humanities at The University of Queensland, Australia. He co-edits Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) and previously co-edited the Australasian Journal of Philosophy. His most recent books are Free Public Reason (1996) and Incommensurability and Commensuration (2003). He is a Fellow of the Austral...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:January 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Getting It Together
Essential Tensions
The Facilitative Possibilities
The Consistent Pattern
Motivating Diversity
A Culture of Enquiry
The Division of Labor in Communities of Enquiry
Some Communities of Enquiry
Naturalizing the Essential Tension
References
Index