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This may point to the conclusion that social sciences are indeed in a pre-scientific state. This conclusion is ill founded, however, since the natural sciences have never been wrested for any length of time out of the control of a restricted interest group and it is this fact REVOLUTIONARY AND COUNTER-REVOLUTIONARY THEORY rather than anything inherent in the nature of natural science knowledge itself which accounts for the lack of counter-revolutions in the natural sciences. In other words the revolutions of thought that are accomplished pose no threat to the existing order since they are constructed with the requirements of that existing order broadly in mind.

This conclusion is ill founded, however, since the natural sciences have never been wrested for any length of time out of the control of a restricted interest group and it is this fact REVOLUTIONARY AND COUNTER-REVOLUTIONARY THEORY rather than anything inherent in the nature of natural science knowledge itself which accounts for the lack of counter-revolutions in the natural sciences. In other words the revolutions of thought that are accomplished pose no threat to the existing order since they are constructed with the requirements of that existing order broadly in mind.

The point is that social science formulates concepts, categories, relationships, and methods, which are not independent of the existing social relationships which exist in society. Thus the concepts used are themselves the product of the very phenomena they are designed to describe. A revolutionary theory upon which a new paradigm is based will only gain general acceptance if the nature of the social relationships embodied in the theory is actualized in the real world. A counter-revolutionary theory is one which is deliberately proposed to deal SECTION ONE 16 THE POLITICS OF GEOGRAPHIC THOUGHT with a proposed revolutionary theory in such a manner that the threatened social changes which general acceptance of the revolutionary theory would generate are, either by cooptation or subversion, prevented from being realized.

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