Roberto Mangabeira Unger

Science and Politics between Domesticated and Radicalized Pragmatism (1997)

This article is the outcome of a discussion with philosophers of science and works out some of the assumptions about thinking on which my recent work in social theory relies. This little essay also attacks the diminished and servile version of pragmatism that threatens to become the ruling philosophy of the age. The essay was originally published in Science in Context 10, 1 (1997), introducing a collection of papers in most of which I discerned the domesticated pragmatism I combat; hence the reference to these papers in the first paragraph.