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“Kuhn, Pedagogy, and Practice: A Local Reading of Structure”

Patton, Lydia (2018) “Kuhn, Pedagogy, and Practice: A Local Reading of Structure”. [Preprint]

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Moti Mizrahi has argued that Thomas Kuhn does not have a good argument for the incommensurability of successive scientific paradigms. With Rouse, Andersen, and others, I defend a view on which Kuhn primarily was trying to explain scientific practice in Structure. Kuhn, like Hilary Putnam, incorporated sociological and psychological methods into his history of science. On Kuhn’s account, the education and initiation of scientists into a research tradition is a key element in scientific training and in his explanation of incommensurability between research paradigms. The first part of this paper will explain and defend my reading of Kuhn. The second part will probe the extent to which Kuhn’s account can be supported, and the extent to which it rests on shaky premises. That investigation will center on Moti Mizrahi’s project, which aims to transform the Kuhnian account of science and of its history. While I do defend a modified kind of incommensurability, I agree that the strongest version of Kuhn’s account is steadfastly local and focused on the practice of science.


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Patton, Lydiacritique@vt.edu0000-0003-2751-1196
Keywords: Kuhn, incommensurability, history of science, scientific realism, history of philosophy of science, scientific theory change, scientific terms
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr Lydia Patton
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2017 12:51
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 12:51
Item ID: 13528
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: January 2018
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/13528

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