Chicken Soup for the Out-of-Step Scholar's Soul
American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Forthcoming
Posted: 1 Mar 2006 Last revised: 12 Nov 2012
Date Written: November 12, 2012
This paper argues that the long-standing predominance of a particular approach to science neither makes it uniquely “scientific” nor superior to rival approaches. To do so we examine the dominant scientific explanation of the 17th and early 18th centuries: the mechanical philosophy. Our analysis demonstrates the fragility of even the most entrenched scientific wisdoms and provides encouragement for out-of-step scholars everywhere.
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