Sunday, November 18, 2012

On Kuhn's Structure

Today I read this article on Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Alexander Bird. Below is the abstract.

Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions is one of the most cited books of the twentieth century. Its iconic and controversial nature has obscured its message. What did Kuhn really intend with Structure and what is its real significance?

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 The Central Ideas of Structure
  • 3 The Philosophical Targets of Structure
  • 4 Interpreting and Misinterpreting Structure
    •   4.1 Naturalism
    •   4.2 World-change
    •   4.3 Incommensurability
    •   4.4 Progress and the nature of revolutionary change
    •   4.5 Relativism, rationality, and realism
    •   4.6 History and sociology of science
    •   4.7 Wittgenstein
  • 5 After Structure 

    Alexander Bird
    The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and its Significance: An Essay Review of the Fiftieth Anniversary Edition
    Brit J Philos Sci 2012 63: 859-883. 

    Kuhn is special to me because The Structure is one of my favorite texts and because I used Kuhn's framework for my master's thesis. Ah, this brings back all kinds of memories. 
    Now I kind of feel like I'm cheating on Kuhn with Bakhtin because I'm using Bakhtin for my dissertation ^_^ . I cannot believe I got all emotional over these guys today. 

    Note to self: Do something nice for the husband. If he puts up with my weird ways, like my probably not so normal imaginary interactions and engagements with some authors, he sure deserves something special. 

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