Murphy, John W.
May 1982
Humanity & Society;May82, Vol. 6 Issue 2, p176
Academic Journal
This article is a "dialogue" between the author and readers with comment on scientist Tom Hoult's article on the nature of science. It is a exchange of letters to open an ongoing process of dialogue among scholars regarding important issue of classism and resistance to it in the discipline. Hoult believes that this article has subsequently brought to a head the inadequate mode of theorizing that has recently been exhibited by those advocating the cause of humanistic sociology. Humanistic sociology does not seem to have made any advance over prior modes of theorizing in its attempts to restore the "human coefficient" to prominence. Hoult's view on the nature of science suffers from a large dose of dualism and the anti-humanistic consequences must be exposed and implications made fully visible. When the world is believed to be comprised of a subjective realm which is presumed to be primordially bifurcated from the sphere of objectivity, the perpetrator of such a scheme will face many of the traditional problems associated with this image of existence.


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