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Kuhn Philosopher of Scientific Revolutions

by Wes Sharrock, Rupert Read

Part of the Key Contemporary Thinkers Series

Kuhn Philosopher of Scientific Revolutions Synopsis

Thomas Kuhn's shadow hangs over almost every field of intellectual inquiry. His book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions has become a modern classic. His influence on philosophy, social science, historiography, feminism, theology, and (of course) the natural sciences themselves is unparalleled. His epoch-making concepts of 'new paradigm' and 'scientific revolution' make him probably the most influential scholar of the twentieth century. Sharrock and Read take the reader through Kuhn's work in a careful and accessible way, emphasizing Kuhn's detailed studies of the history of science, which often assist the understanding of his more abstract philosophical work. These historical studies provide vital insight into what Kuhn was actually trying to achieve in his The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: an endeavour far less extreme than either his 'foes' or his 'fans' claim. In the book's second half, Sharrock and Read provide excellent explications, defences and, where appropriate, criticisms of Kuhn's central concept of 'incommensurability', and tackle head on the crucial issue of whether Kuhn's insights concerning the natural sciences can be extrapolated to other disciplines, such as the social sciences. This is the first comprehensive introduction to the work of Kuhn and it will be of particular interest to students and scholars in philosophy, theory of science, management science and anthropology.

Kuhn Philosopher of Scientific Revolutions Press Reviews

As Thomas Kuhn indicated in the first sentence of his great book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, his aim was to produce a decisive transformation in the image of science by which we are now possessed . Unfortunately, many of Kuhna s readers have been possessed by a distorted image of Kuhna s own position, and so failed to appreciate the signal contribution he made to our understanding of scientific practice. Sharrock and Read aim to do for our image of Kuhn what Kuhn did for our image of science. They succeed brilliantly, giving a wonderfully insightful and nuanced account of what Kuhn was up to and what he achieved. Peter Lipton, University of Cambridge

Book Information

ISBN: 9780745619286
Publication date: 6th September 2002
Author: Wes Sharrock, Rupert Read
Publisher: Polity Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 248 pages
Categories: History of Western philosophy, Philosophy of science,

About Wes Sharrock, Rupert Read

Wes Sharrock is Reader in Sociology at the University of Manchester and Rupert Read is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia

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