In response to the current crisis in the philosophy of social science, the proposition has been advanced that “reflective conversation” between researchers offers a way of attaining awareness and understanding of the non-epistemological influences that shape the processes and products of research. The recognition of these (inescapable) sources of bias is said to heighten awareness of the limitations of methodology and has the potential to avoid their undesirable effects. Highlighting the inconsistencies of this thesis, the paper argues that since non-epistemological influences cannot be purged, it would be better to move with them so that science becomes directly geared to the alleviation of socially unnecessary suffering. An essentially epistemological preoccupation with the question of how science makes its claims would then be replaced by a praxis orientation whose principal commitment is to the development of mature human relations, including the facilitation of the realization of creativity and community.
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 1987|