Vasso Kindi and Theodore Arabatzis (eds) Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Revisited
This anthology on Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions (SSR) was published in 2012, thus marking the 50th anniversary of the appearance of the book. As its title indicates, this is largely a retrospective study, intended to provide a better understanding of Kuhn’s work from a later, more tranquil vantage point than could be obtained during the furore surrounding the book’s original appearance. Yet it is also intended to examine the impact of the work and its current relevance. It is divided into three parts, “Origins and Early Reception”, “Key Concepts”, and “Implications”. This structure will be followed in the review below.
Origins and Early Reception
In “Kuhn and Logical Positivism”, the opening piece of the anthology, Gürol Irzik analyzes the complex relationship between the Kuhnian and logical positivist conceptions of science. The latter comprised a number of tenets against which Kuhn rebelled: The strict theory/observation dichotomy, the view of science as cumulative, and...
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