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This volume offers an introduction to Kuhn's life and work and then considers the implications of Kuhn's work for philosophy, cognitive psychology, social studies of science, and feminism. The volume is more than a retrospective on Kuhn, exploring future developments of cognitive and information sciences along Kuhnian lines.

Outside of philosophy, the volume will be of particular interest to professionals and students in cognitive science, history of science, science studies, and cultural studies.

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"Serious students and regulars of philosophy of science, history of science, psychology, and cultural and social studies, will find much in this volume to rouse revolutions in thought." Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

"Nickles has given us an interesting and stimulating volume." Metapsychology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521796484
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Contemporary Philosophy in Focus Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Kuhn and Logical Empiricism 19
2 Thomas Kuhn and French Philosophy of Science 45
3 Normal Science and Dogmatism, Paradigms and Progress: Kuhn 'versus' Popper and Lakatos 65
4 Kuhn's Philosophy of Scientific Practice 101
5 Thomas Kuhn and the Problem of Social Order in Science 122
6 Normal Science: From Logic to Case-Based and Model-Based Reasoning 142
7 Kuhn, Conceptual Change, and Cognitive Science 178
8 Kuhn on Concepts and Categorization 212
9 Kuhn's World Changes 246
10 Does The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Permit a Feminist Revolution in Science? 261
Selected References in English 282
Index 285
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    This book is great, IF you want a historical perspective how how

    This book is great, IF you want a historical perspective how how philosophers though TWO generations ago.
    However, to present this book as a "modern" piece is very misleading.

       This is not an attempt to apply Kuhn to to modern world, there is nothing "Contemporary" about this book, Even the editor is 72 year old (2014).
    Every relevant field of philosophy and psychology is rapidly moving away from the "Mind" and "Reason" assumptions.
    After all to say something happens for a "reason" requires the assumption that "reason" exists at all. Which then slides down the septic chute "freewill", "choice" and it's ultimate goal the philosophy of Economics and financed based societies.
    You want real Contemporary Philosophy, read books on Chaos Theory, Fractals in nature and fact-based, Empirical behavioral sciences.
    If you want a light reading history book that mostly states the obvious about Kuhn edited by a 72 year, old this is the book for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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