On the decline of scientific societies

Joseph Agassi*

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Classical studies describe the vital service that scientific societies rendered in the heyday of modem science. The sociology of science mostly ignores their decline, mainly because the received frameworks within which they work are too narrow to notice it: radicalism (Bacon, Descartes) and conventionalism (Duhem, Poincaré) underrate the social aspect of science, whereas authoritarianism (Polanyi, Kuhn) ignores its variety. The alternative advocated here is critical rationalism (Popper); it deems rationality as limited and dependent on diverse social and individual factors, thus allowing for explanations and assessments of changes of social settings, including those of science.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-194
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Technology Management
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Methodology
  • Normal science
  • Radicalism
  • Scientific criticism
  • Scientific institutions
  • Scientific societies
  • Scientific truth
  • Sociology of science
  • The scientific community
  • Traditionalism


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