Fuzzy Concepts and Fuzzy Logic in Historical and Genetic Epistemology

  • Rudolf SeisingEmail author
Part of the Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing book series (STUDFUZZ, volume 325)


This paper discusses epistemology in two variations: Genetic and Historical Epistemology. Historical Epistemology combines research in history and philosophy of science to study developments in scientific research whereas Genetic Epistemology is the study of the cognitive development in childhood. We consider Kuhn’s theory of scientific paradigms and paradigm changes on the one hand and Piagest’s Genetic Epistemology of cognitive development on the other. We present parallels of these two structuralist approaches and we introduce “unsharp concepts” into these views. Then the paper throws a glance at their fuzzy extensions. Because of these “fuzzifications” we make an argument for using fuzzy instead of crisp concepts in Genetic and Historical Epistemology.


Fuzzy Logic Cognitive Development Scientific Theory Scientific Revolution Fuzzy Relation 
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Work leading to this paper was partially supported by the Foundation for the Advancement of Soft Computing Mieres, Asturias (Spain).


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  1. 1.Institut für Geschichte der Medizin, Naturwissenschaft und TechnikFriedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaJenaGermany

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