• THE QUESTION CONCERNING SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS AND RATIONALITY: KITCHER’S RESPONSE

    Author(s):
    Augustine Farinola (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    African Philosophy, DR2 – Distant Reading in the History of Philosophy, Network for Digital Humanities in Africa, Philosophy, Public Humanities
    Subject(s):
    Africa, Area studies, Science
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    objectivity, rationality, Philip Kitcher, Thomas Kuhn, African studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/9e1w-ym44
    Abstract:
    Philip Kitcher is one of the most influential philosophers of science of the past two decades. In “The Advancement of Science (1993)”, he endeavor to probe the notions of progress and rationality in science. His position, in line with his teacher, Thomas Kuhn, was a critique of what he called ‘a legendary view of science’. Thus, he gave new interpretations to the notion of progress and rationality in science. In order to initiate a discourse on Kitcher’s The Advancement of Science”. This work exposes his expulsion of ‘legend’ from the conception of science and his removal of ‘illusion’ from the rationality or objectivity of science. The work also appraises his understanding of scientific change and progress using notable insights from the philosophy of physics, biology and psychology. Without ignoring previous attempts in the history of philosophy and sociology of science, this essay ends with a critical examination of his notion of scientific progress and rationality.
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