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Paradigms Explained Rethinking Thomas Kuhn's Philosophy of Science

ISBN-10: 0275969991

ISBN-13: 9780275969998

Edition: 2001

Authors: Erich von Dietze

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Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions, which examines paradigm theory as it relates to philosophy of science, is among the most widely read--and debated--books in the history and philosophy of science. In Paradigms Explained, the author examines both the contributions and the limitations of Kuhn's work on paradigm theory, offering arguments for why Kuhn's initial ideas fail, as well as how his later and lesser-known works offer a modified and more workable solution to the problems Kuhn attempted to address in Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Von Dietze's accessible writing style and thought-provoking exploration of Kuhn's writings and their impact on scientific, philosophical, and social thought engage the reader and offer new insights into the simultaneously problematic and hugely influential ideas of one of the most prominent philosophers of science. Not limiting himself to just examining Structure of Scientific Revolutions, von Dietze also explores the ideas of Kuhn's earlier and later works. He thus provides an integrated discussion of the debates surrounding Kuhn's famous paradigm theory. As current interest in Kuhn's work increases, and as increasingly diverse fields endeavor to apply his paradigm theory, von Dietze's clear exploration and criticism of Kuhn's writings will prove to be an invaluable asset.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 9/30/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100

Preface
Introduction
The Ideal of Certainty: Foundationalism and Its Problems
The Emergence of Foundationalism
Positivism and Empiricism
Some Difficulties for Foundationalism
Popper's Developments
Further Difficulties for Foundationalism
Finding a Way Forward
Kuhn's Paradigm Theory
Theories as Structured Wholes
Paradigms
Normal Science
Crisis and Breakdown
The Transitional Phase
Acceptance of the Need for a New Paradigm
The Adoption of a New Paradigm
The Early Paradigm Debate
Key Areas of Debate over Paradigm Theory
Feyerabend's Methodological Anarchism
The Paradigms Debate
In Summary
Kuhn's Clarifications, Responses and Developments
The Early Clarifications
Clarifying the Term Paradigm
After Paradigms
Applying Kuhn's Paradigms: An Educational Critique
Kuhn's Educational Focus
Critical Thought in Education
Education in Normal Science
Education and Revolutionary Science
The Role of Textbooks
The Role of the Teacher and the Place of the Student
Kuhn's Second Thoughts on Paradigm Education
Learning Lexicons
Coherence Theory of Evidence: A Way Forward
The Question of Evidence
A Coherence Critique of Foundationalist Epistemology
Science: An Adventure of the Human Spirit
Kuhn's Early Revisions Revisited
Lexicons and Coherence
Objections to Coherence Views
Quine and Evidence
A Coherence Theory of Evidence
Kuhn and Coherence
Bibliography
Index