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Kuhn and the history of science

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The article examines Thomas Kuhn's work in the history of science with special attention to its relevance to subsequent developments in social epistemology. The article begins with a discussion of Kuhn's historical work, and the so-called historical turn in philosophy of science. It then examines Kuhn's views on textbook science, followed by an analysis of Kuhn's views on the relationship between the history of science and the philosophy of science. Then it discusses Kuhn's contributions to our understanding of the social dimensions of scientific inquiry. Finally, it discusses his influence on the social epistemology of science and the sociology of science.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge handbook of social epistemology
EditorsMiranda Fricker, Peter J. Graham, David Henderson, Nikolaj J.L.L. Pedersen
Place of publicationNew York
Publication year2019
ISBN (print)9781138858510
ISBN (Electronic)9781315717937
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Thomas Kuhn, history of science, historical school, textbook science, philosophy of science, social epistemology, sociology of science

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