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The Historiography of Scientific Revolutions: A Philosophical Reflection

Shan, Yafeng (2022) The Historiography of Scientific Revolutions: A Philosophical Reflection. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Scientific revolution has been one of the most controversial topics in the history and philosophy of science. Yet it has been no consensus on what is the best unit of analysis in the historiography of scientific revolutions. Nor is there a consensus on what best explains the nature of scientific revolutions. This chapter provides a critical examination of the historiography of scientific revolutions. It begins with a brief introduction to the historical development of the concept of scientific revolution, followed by an overview of the five main philosophical accounts of scientific revolutions. It then challenges two historiographical assumptions of the philosophical analyses of scientific revolutions.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Shan, Yafengy.shan@kent.ac.uk0000-0001-7736-1822
Keywords: scientific revolution; theory; paradigm; exemplary practice; unit of analysis; scientific development; web model
Subjects: General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr Yafeng Shan
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2022 04:02
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2022 04:02
Item ID: 21014
Subjects: General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21014

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