Thomas Kuhn (1922-1996)

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  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

    The greatest impact that Thomas Kuhn had on the scientific community was with the publication of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. This is because this book viewed science in a way that had never been done before. Kuhn believed that more than anything else science was greatly influenced by social biases that were already in place. "Thomas Kuhn." Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/thomas-kuhn/#KuhnEarlSemaIncoThes
  • Criticism of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions(SSR)

    Kuhn earned a lot of criticism over SSR. This was because people thought that his incommesurability thesis was wrong or didn't exist. However, later on when he Kuhn became better understood it started to become more widely accepted and was the foundation for what we know today as "Science Studies". "Thomas Kuhn." Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/thomas-kuhn/#KuhnEarlSemaIncoThes
  • Later Incommesurability Thesis

    Kuhn modified his incommesurability thesis in his later works. He equated to how when translating between languages there are often multiple translations and its not just one correct method. "Thomas Kuhn." Stanford Encylopedia of Philosophy https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/thomas-kuhn/#KuhnEarlSemaIncoThes
  • Early Incommensurability Thesis

    Thomas Kuhn put forward his early incommesurability thesis which spoke about how it would be difficult to compare scientific theories and principles without a common basis. For example, when Kuhn first read Aristotle's works he thought him to be a poor scientist, later on down the line Kuhn realized Aristotle was, in fact, a brilliant scientist and it was simply a matter of linguistic and semantic incommesurability that caused him to draw the wrong conclusion.
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