They Shoot Dead Horses, Don't They?: Philosophical Fear and Sociological Loathing in St Louis

@article{Fuller1990TheySD,
  title={They Shoot Dead Horses, Don't They?: Philosophical Fear and Sociological Loathing in St Louis},
  author={S. Fuller},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  year={1990},
  volume={20},
  pages={664 - 681}
}
  • S. Fuller
  • Published 1990
  • Philosophy
  • Social Studies of Science
I argue that the success of Roth and Barrett's deconstruction of Pickering depends on the underdetermination thesis being interpreted as placing the burden of proof on the sociologist, to show what else (other than methodology) determines theory choice in science. By endorsing the underdetermination thesis, and thereby accepting this burden, the sociologists unwittingly play into Laudan's `arationality' assumption, which in turn cuts against their own `symmetry' thesis. I then argue that… Expand
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