, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 101-104
Date: 09 Mar 2010

On your feet, philosophers!

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The Sociology of Intellectual Life is the latest salvo from Steve Fuller in his ongoing fight for a strongly prescriptive philosophy of science. Fuller’s writing is pugnacious, passionate, and unabashedly political. He clearly detests the “underlabourer” mentality he believes prevails among his colleagues, and he draws strength and succour from such past philosophical champions as Karl Popper and Paul Feyerabend in urging contemporary philosophers to push past the narrow horizon of normative evaluation and re-embrace their lost mission as the normative legislators of moral and scientific life (p. 79).

The bogeyman behind the allegedly disastrous state of today’s academy is Thomas Kuhn. Fuller claims that The Structure of Scientific Revolutions has exercised a baneful influence over philosophers, pushing them to embrace the undignified role of underlabourer, sweating down in the boiler room of modern science whilst the ship’s wheel has been seized by the malfeasant hands of a neo-liberal