Thomas Kuhn and Scientific Paradigms
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The paper discusses Thomas Kuhn's analysis of science's development, where he reinvented the concept of scientific paradigms and distinguished between "normal" and "revolutionary" science. The paper explains the controversy surrounding his ideas and why his theories have also had a significant appeal to many scientists.
From the Paper:"In Thomas Kuhn's book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, published in 1962, he has reinvented the concept of scientific paradigms. According to the Christian Hubert Studio website, Kuhn has applied the concept to both the body of theories and of ideas giving it a worldly perspective. They have interpreted Kuhn's suggestion that there is, to some extent, "a kind of self-sustaining circularity between ideas and practices" (Hubert, n.d.). However, the site implies that this is a necessary element of science that is referred to as "exemplars" or a uniting of practice and theory."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Emory University, (n.d.). Thomas Kuhn. Retrieved January 27, 2008, Web site: http://www.des.emory.edu/mfp/Kuhnsnap.html
- Franklin, J. (2000, June 10). Thomas Kuhn's irrationalism. Retrieved January 27, 2008, from The New Criterion Web site: http://www.newcriterion.com/archive/18/jun00/kuhn.htm
- Hubert, C. (n.d.). Paradigm. Retrieved January 27, 2008, from The Christian Hubert Studio Web site: http://www.christianhubert.com/writings/index.htm
- McGrew, T. (1994). Scientific progress, relativism, and self-refutation. Retrieved January 27, 2008, from Washington State University Web site: http://ejap.louisiana.edu/EJAP/1994.may/mcgrew.html
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