Road since Structure Philosophical Essays, 1970-1993, with an Autobiographical Interview

ISBN-10: 0226457990

ISBN-13: 9780226457994

Edition: 2000

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Description: Assembled with Kuhn's input before his death in 1996, this text follows the development of his thought through the later years of his life. Collected here are several essays and an extensive autobiographical interview discussing his life and philosophy.

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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012

Thomas S. Kuhn's work is best described as a normative historiography of science. He was educated at Harvard University, where in 1949 he completed a doctorate in physics. As a student, he was impressed by the differences between scientific method, as conventionally taught, and the way science actually works. Before moving to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979, he taught at Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Princeton University. Kuhn's most celebrated contribution to the philosophy of science is his controversial idea of paradigms and paradigm shifts. A paradigm is understood as a widely shared theoretical framework within which scientific research is conducted. According to Kuhn, science normally develops more or less smoothly within such a paradigm until an accumulation of difficulties reduces its effectiveness. The paradigm finally breaks down in a crisis, which is followed by the formation of a radically new paradigm in a so-called scientific revolution. The new paradigm is accepted, even though it might neither resolve all of the accumulated difficulties nor explain the data better than the older paradigm that it replaces. We find examples of paradigm shifts in the work of Copernicus, Galileo, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, and others. Since its original publication in 1962, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions undoubtedly has been the single most influential book in the philosophy of science.

James Conant is Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities University of Chicago.

John Haugeland was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago.

Foreword
Editors' Introduction
Reconceiving Scientific Revolutions
What Are Scientific Revolutions?
Commensurability, Comparability, Communicability
Possible Worlds in History of Science
The Road since Structure
The Trouble with the Historical Philosophy of Science
Comments and Replies
Reflections on My Critics
Theory Change as Structure Change: Comments on the Sneed Formalism
Metaphor in Science
Rationality and Theory Choice
The Natural and the Human Sciences
Afterwords
A Discussion with Thomas S. Kuhn
Publications of Thomas S. Kuhn
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