Re: [asa] HPSS - Survey of Views

From: David Opderbeck <>
Date: Thu Apr 03 2008 - 17:54:28 EDT

I've read at least some of all four. I'd add another key name to the list
-- Roy Bhaskar.

I think it's critically important to understand scientific practice in its
social and cultural context, which is what I take as the project of each of
these folks, whatever the ultimate merits are of their conclusions. Whether
practicing scientists specifically think "I'm doing Popper here" or not
seems beside the point to me -- in fact, the extent to which practicing
scientists don't realize or acknowledge the social context of their day to
day work is itself an interesting question.

On Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 12:19 AM, Gregory Arago <>

> A thought came to me while reading Paul Feyerabend's short text "How to
> Defend Society Against Science" (1975), in which he opens by acknowledging
> an interest in 'the relations between science and religion.' Or at least,
> writing an article about it was something that helped to pay his bills.
> This is my question: How interested are people at ASA in four key figures
> in (studies of) the history, philosophy and sociology of science - Popper,
> Kuhn, Lakatos and Feyerabend? Is there any way to take a survey or get a
> general indication of who's read these persons, to what degree and if it has
> made any impact on ASA discussions of 'science and religion'?
> Thanks,
> Gregory
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David W. Opderbeck
Associate Professor of Law
Seton Hall University Law School
Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology
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