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Paradigms in Action

Pirozelli, Paulo (2020) Paradigms in Action. Revista de Filosofia Aurora, 32 (56). ISSN 1980-5934

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The concept of “paradigm” became widely known with Thomas Kuhn’s book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. From there on, paradigms started being employed in the most diverse fields and situations. Curiously, though, the popularity of the term went hand in hand with an enormous vagueness in its application: numerous meanings were attributed to this concept and different things were claimed to be paradigms. The main reason for the lack of agreement regarding the notion and the use of paradigm was the absence of a detailed description and analysis of a concrete paradigm in Kuhn’s book—especially, one coupled with a discussion that could contrast paradigms to other epistemic objects, such as “theories.” The aim of this article is to fill this gap. First, I briefly examine the notion of paradigm, stressing its core meaning as that of “exemplar.” Next, I analyze a specific case in economics, indicating the features that make it a paradigm: (i) the fact that it is an example not reducible to an axiomatizable theory, and (ii) that this example is constitutive of normal science.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Pirozelli, Paulopaulopirozelli@gmail.com0000-0002-4714-287X
Keywords: Thomas Kuhn; Paradigm; History of Economic Thought
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Depositing User: Dr. Paulo Pirozelli
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2020 14:09
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2020 14:09
Item ID: 17537
Journal or Publication Title: Revista de Filosofia Aurora
Official URL: https://periodicos.pucpr.br/index.php/aurora/artic...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.7213/1980-5934.32.056.AO05
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Epistemology
Specific Sciences > Economics
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Date: May 2020
Volume: 32
Number: 56
ISSN: 1980-5934
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17537

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