Books et al.PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

Truth with a vengeance

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Science  25 May 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6391, pp. 864
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat0237

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In The Ashtray, Errol Morris, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker who briefly studied under Thomas Kuhn at Princeton, remembers the acerbic philosopher for flinging the titular ashtray at him during an argument in 1972. Morris hurls The Ashtray back, targeting not Kuhn's person but his legacy. "Our posttruth moment is all Thomas Kuhn's fault" would be an unfair summation of the book—but only just.