The Myth of Progress in Science: Dialectics, Distortion and Lysenkoism in the Soviet Union

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Vol: 4, Issue: 2

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Ferguson, Mark A., Jr.
Science and Technology Studies; Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies
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The scientific controversy surrounding Lysenkoism is both unparalleled and well known amongst historians and philosophers of science (Joravsky 1970, McMullin 1987, Pollock 2009, Wolfe 2010). Yet, while this may be true for scholars and students a generation ago, I argue that the controversy of Lysenkoism is not widely known today. Particularly in political science, this historical period and phenomenon in the Soviet Union remains irrelevant or at least, inconsequential to the scientific study of politics.