Crítica, Revista Hispanoamericana de Filosofía, Volume 35, number 105, diciembre 2003
Rereading Normal Science
[Una relectura de la ciencia normal]
Dimitri Ginev
Center for Culturology
University of Sofia "St. Kliment Ohridski"

Abstract: This paper considers the relevance of a class of hermeneutic concepts to the philosophical reading of normal scientific research. The author opposes the view that the notion of "normal science" can only be read in socio-psychological, sociological or ethnomethodological terms. By drawing parallels between Kuhn's original reading of puzzle-solving enterprise and Gadamer's philosophical hermeneutics, a context of "Continental theories" for interpreting the dynamics of research practices is delineated. The rereading of normal science provides the opportunity for developing a hermeneutic alternative to the analytic philosophy of science.
Keywords: phronesis-rationality, practical experience, hermeneutic forestructure, hidden normativity

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