Kuhn's 'Structure of Scientific Revolutions' at Fifty: by Robert J. Richards,Lorraine Daston

By Robert J. Richards,Lorraine Daston

Thomas S. Kuhn’s The constitution of clinical Revolutions was once a watershed occasion while it was once released in 1962, upending the former figuring out of technological know-how as a gradual, logical accumulation of evidence and introducing, with the concept that of the “paradigm shift,” social and mental issues into the guts of the clinical technique. greater than fifty years after its ebook, Kuhn’s paintings keeps to persuade thinkers in quite a lot of fields, together with scientists, historians, and sociologists. it's transparent that The constitution of medical Revolutions itself marks no much less of a paradigm shift than these it describes.

           

In Kuhn’s “Structure of clinical Revolutions” at Fifty, best social scientists and philosophers discover the origins of Kuhn’s masterwork and its legacy fifty years on. those essays exhume very important ancient context for Kuhn’s paintings, seriously examining its foundations in twentieth-century technological know-how, politics, and Kuhn’s personal highbrow biography: his reports as a physics graduate scholar, his shut dating with psychologists prior to and after the book of Structure, and the chilly battle framework of phrases corresponding to “world view” and “paradigm.”

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