9781472530493

Thomas Kuhn's Revolutions A Historical and an Evolutionary Philosophy of Science?

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    9781472530493

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    1472530497

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/22/2015
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Summary

This new edition of Thomas Kuhn's Revolution marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Kuhn's most influential work. Drawing on the rich archival sources at MIT, and engaging fully with current scholarship, James Marcum provides the historical background to the development of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

Exploring the shift Kuhn makes from a historical to an evolutionary philosophy of science and examining Kuhn's legacy in depth, Marcum answers key questions: What exactly was Kuhn's historiographic revolution and how did it come about? Why did it have the impact it did? What will its future impact be for both academia and society? Marcum's answers build a new portrait of Kuhn: his personality, his pedagogical style and the intellectual and social context in which he practiced his trade.

Thomas Kuhn's Revolution shows how Kuhn transcends the boundaries of the philosophy of science, influencing sociologists, economists, theologians and even policy makers and politicians. This is a comprehensive historical and conceptual introduction to the man who changed our understanding of science.

Author Biography

James Marcum teaches philosophy at Baylor University, USA. He has doctorates in philosophy and physiology, and was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, where he studied philosophy of science with Kuhn. He was also an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, USA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface

Part I. The Road to Structure

1. Who is Kuhn?
2. How does Kuhn arrive at Structure?
Part II. Kuhn's Historical Philosophy of Science
3. What is The Structure of Scientific Revolutions?
4. Why does Kuhn revise Structure?
Part III. Kuhn's Paradigm Shift

5. What is Kuhn up to after Structure?
6. What is Kuhn's Evolutionary Philosophy of Science?
Part IV. Kuhn's Impact and Legacy
7. What is Kuhn's Impact on and Legacy to the History and Philosophy of Science and to the Natural Sciences?
8. What is Kuhn's Impact on and Legacy to the Behavioral, Social, and Political Sciences and to the Fine Arts?
Epilogue
Endnotes
Bibliography

Index

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