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Philosophical Elements in Thomas Kuhn’s Historiography of Science

Hoyningen-Huene, Paul (2012) Philosophical Elements in Thomas Kuhn’s Historiography of Science. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 27 (3). pp. 281-292. ISSN 2171-679X

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To begin, the so-called ‘selectivity of historical judgment’ is discussed. According to it, writing history
requires a comparative criterion of historical relevance. This criterion contains philosophical elements. In
Kuhn’s case, the criterion directs historical research and presentation away from Whiggish historiography
by postulating a hermeneutic reading of historical sources. This postulate implies some sort of internalism,
some sort of rationality of scientific development, and historical realism. To conclude, some consequences
of Kuhn’s anti-Whiggism are discussed.

Para empezar, se discute la llamada “selectividad del juicio histórico”. De acuerdo con ello, escribir historia
requiere un criterio comparativo de relevancia histórica. Este criterio contiene elementos filosóficos. En
el caso de Kuhn, el criterio aleja la investigación y la presentación histórica de la historiografía Whig al postular
una lectura hermenéutica de las fuentes históricas. Este postulado implica alguna clase de internismo,
de racionalidad del desarrollo científico y realismo histórico. Para concluir, se discuten algunas consecuencias
de la postura anti-Whig de Kuhn.

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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Hoyningen-Huene, Paul
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: historical relevance; Anti-Whiggism; internalism; rationality of science; historical realism; relevancia histórica; postura anti-Whig; internismo; racionalidad de la ciencia; realismo histórico.
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Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2014 21:10
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2014 21:10
Item ID: 10195
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
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Date: September 2012
Page Range: pp. 281-292
Volume: 27
Number: 3
ISSN: 2171-679X

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