Social Inquiry after Wittgenstein and Kuhn: Leaving Everything as It Is

2015.04.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John G. Gunnell, Social Inquiry after Wittgenstein and Kuhn: Leaving Everything as It Is, Columbia University Press, 2014,
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2015.04.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John G. Gunnell, Social Inquiry after Wittgenstein and Kuhn: Leaving Everything as It Is, Columbia University Press, 2014, 256pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780231169400. Reviewed by Vasso Kindi, University of Athens As the title suggests, the book aims to show that Wittgenstein's philosophy and Kuhn's work are significant for social inquiry. Even though the author is well aware of Wittgenstein's anti-theoretical stance and the non-empirical character of his philosophy, he maintains, on the one hand, that both Kuhn's and Wittgenstein's works are themselves exercises in social inquiry (they are on the same side with the social sciences in contrast to the side of the natural sciences), bringing about important innovations, and, on the other, that they provide theoretical accounts of social practices such as linguistic and scientific practices, enriching our understanding of the conventional phenomena that. . .

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