Thomas Kuhnby Thomas Nickles
Pub. Date: 04/28/2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Thomas Kuhn (1922-1996), the author of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, is probably the best-known and most influential historian and philosopher of science of the last 25 years, and has become something of a cultural icon. His concepts of paradigm, paradigm change and incommensurability have changed our thinking about science. This volume offers an… See more details below
Thomas Kuhn (1922-1996), the author of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, is probably the best-known and most influential historian and philosopher of science of the last 25 years, and has become something of a cultural icon. His concepts of paradigm, paradigm change and incommensurability have changed our thinking about science. This volume offers an introduction to Kuhn's life and work and considers the implications of his work for philosophy, cognitive psychology, social studies of science and feminism. More than a retrospective on Kuhn, the book explores future developments of cognitive and information services along Kuhnian lines. Outside of philosophy the volume is of interest to professionals and students in cognitive science, history of science, science studies and cultural studies. Thomas Nickles is Professor of Philosophy and Chair at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is editor of Scientific Discovery, Logic, and Rationality and Scientific Discovery: Case Studies (both Reidel, 1980). Nickles is co-editor of PSA 1982 (The Philosophy of Science Association Proceedings).
Table of ContentsIntroduction; 1. Kuhn and logical empiricism Michael Friedman; 2. Thomas Kuhn and French philosophy of science Gary Gutting; 3. Normal science and dogmatism, paradigms and progress: Kuhn 'versus' Popper and Lakatos John Worrall; 4. Kuhn's philosophy of science practice Joseph Rouse; 5. Thomas Kuhn and the problem of social order in science Barry Barnes; 6. Normal science: from logic to case-based and model-based reasoning Thomas Nickles; 7. Kuhn, conceptual change, and cognitive science Nancy J. Nersessian; 8. Kuhn on concepts and categorization Peter Barker, Xiang Chen and Hanne Andersen; 9. Kuhn's world changes Richard E. Grandy; 10. Does The Structure of Scientific Revolutions permit a feminist revolution in science? Helen Longino.
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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.