Naturalizing Epistemology

Naturalizing Epistemology : Thomas Kuhn and the `Essential Tension'

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 216 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 17.78mm | 415g
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2010 ed.
  • 4 Illustrations, black and white; VIII, 216 p. 4 illus.
  • 0230240992
  • 9780230240995

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
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About Fred D'Agostino

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 Australian Academy of the Humanities and holds Australian Research Council and Australian Learning and Teaching Council grants for work, respectively, in social epistemology and tertiary curriculum development.
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