File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_2000/bourdieu.0002, message 31

Date:          Sun, 6 Feb 2000 11:03:42 +0000
Subject:       Re: Intellectual violence

>Date:          Fri, 04 Feb 2000 22:02:44 +0100
>From:          Erik Hoogcarspel <>
>Subject:       Re: Intellectual violence
>Perhaps Kuhn's theory was intended to hold for science in the first 
>place, but since his
>appraoch is based on Wittgenstein's spell-theory, I don't see why it 
>couldn't be developed
>to hold for the humanities as well, be it with some modification. I'm 
>not acqainted enough
>with the field, but it wouldn't surprise me if this would need some 
>more study and if
>Bourdieu's work could be of some help. I've been always very 
>uncomfortable with the term
>'multi-paradigmatic fase', which was mainly used for psychology and 
>Jerry Shepperd wrote:
>> At 06:36 PM 02/04/2000 -0000, you wrote:
>> >Kuhn's book, I think, has no application outside the natural 
>sciences and I
>> >don't believe he intended the idea to be taken outside.
>> <snip>
>> I can't speak for what Kuhn intended.  However, there are many
>> psychologists, sociologists, economists, anthropologists, political
>> scientists, philosophers who would be very surprised to find that  
>> book "has no application outside the natural sciences."
>> If that is true, many people have wasted many hours plowing through 
>> book and attempting to apply it to a number of areas where there 
>appear to
>> be paradigm shifts.

Irene Rafanell
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Sociology Dept
The University of Edinburgh
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