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  • 9 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 312 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.43 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521796484 | ISBN-10: 0521796482)

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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).

Contents

Introduction; 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.

Reviews

"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

Contributors

Michael Friedman, Gary Gutting, John Worrall, Joseph Rouse, Barry Barnes, Thomas Nickles, Nancy J. Nersessian, Peter Barker, Xiang Chen and Hanne Andersen, Richard E. Grandy, Helen Longino

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