Search our site
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron Read the opening extract of the brand new Sophie Cameron book before its publication on 22/03/2018

Kuhn Philosopher of Scientific Revolutions by Wes Sharrock, Rupert Read

Kuhn Philosopher of Scientific Revolutions


Part of the Key Contemporary Thinkers Series


Kuhn Philosopher of Scientific Revolutions by Wes Sharrock, Rupert Read

Thomas Kuhna 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 a new paradigma and a scientific revolutiona make him probably the most influential scholar of the twentieth century. Sharrock and Read take the reader through Kuhna s work in a careful and accessible way, emphasizing Kuhna 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 a foesa or his a fansa claim. In the booka s second half, Sharrock and Read provide excellent explications, defences and, where appropriate, criticisms of Kuhna s central concept of a incommensurabilitya , and tackle head on the crucial issue of whether Kuhna 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.


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

About the Author

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

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

6th September 2002


Wes Sharrock, Rupert Read

More books by Wes Sharrock, Rupert Read
Author 'Like for Like'


Polity Press


248 pages


History of Western philosophy
Philosophy of science



Lovereading - a community of people passionate about reading and sharing their views. An incomparable website for book lovers.

Helen Clark

I love the newsletter with reviews of all the new books coming out. Can't wait to open it when it arrives in my inbox.

Rachel Aygin

I read new, exciting writers and established authors before publication and there is a great website full of brilliant books and opinions.


The best new books on the market, reviewed honestly, to give your readers the best choices.

Julie Cook

The books for review are always great reads, brilliantly written, and introduces me to a huge variety of, established and new, authors.

Lesley Hart

I love Lovereading for the wonderful like for like author recommendations and for highlighting new books, it's a great resource for readers!


I love Lovereading because I get to read great books and then get to tell everybody how good they are.

Sally Doel

Hooked on books? Give Lovereading a go - for the chance to discover brilliant books, and to see why our members love it so.

Claire Hill