The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Thomas S. Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Up until recently, the book’s philosophical reception has been shaped, for the most part, by the debates and the climate in philosophy of science in the 1960s and 1970s; this new collection of essays takes a renewed look at this work.
This volume concentrates on particular issues addressed or raised in light of recent scholarship and without the pressure of the immediate concerns scholars had at the time of the Structure’s publication. There has been extensive research on all of the major issues concerning the development of science which are discussed in Structure, work in which the scholars contributing to this volume have all been actively involved. In recent years they have pursued novel research on a number of topics relevant to Structure’s concerns, such as the nature and function of concepts, the complexity of logical positivism and its legacy, the relation of history to philosophy of science, the character of scientific progress and rationality, and scientific realism, all of which are brought together and given new light in this text. In this way, our book makes new connections and undertakes new approaches in an effort to understand the Structure’s significance in the canon of philosophy of science.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Vasso Kindi and Theodore Arabatzis Part 1: Origins and Early Reception 2. Kuhn and Logical Positivism: Gaps, Silences, and Tactics of SSR Gürol Irzik 3. From Paradigm to Disciplinary Matrix and Exemplar James A. Marcum 4. Kuhn’s Fundamental Insight – Reflection on the ‘Social Sciences’, as a Pedagogical and Philosophical Tool for Thinking Adequately About the Natural Sciences Rupert Read and Wes Sharrock Part 2: Key Concepts 5. Kuhn’s Paradigms Vasso Kindi 6. Some Puzzles about Kuhn’s Exemplars Thomas Nickles 7. Revolution as Evolution: The Concept of Evolution in Kuhn’s Philosophy Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen 8. Incommensurability: Revisiting the Chemical Revolution Hasok Chang Part 3: Implications 9. Scientific Concepts and Conceptual Change Hanne Andersen 10. Kuhn, Naturalism, and the Social Study of Science Alexander Bird 11. The Structure of Philosophical History: Thoughts after Kuhn Alan Richardson
Vasso Kindi is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and History of Science, University of Athens, Greece.
Theodore Arabatzis is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and History of Science, University of Athens, Greece.
"This is an important collection of papers that are worthy contributions to our understanding of Thomas Kuhn's philosophy and of Structure in particular." --K. Brad Wray, State University of New York, Oswego for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Revisited is a rich source of information about the key concepts in Kuhn’s work, and about the internal history of its development…" --Finn Collin in Science & Education