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The ‘Aristotle Experience’ Revisited: Thomas Kuhn Meets Ludwik Fleck on the Road to Structure

Jarnicki, Paweł and Greif, Hajo (2022) The ‘Aristotle Experience’ Revisited: Thomas Kuhn Meets Ludwik Fleck on the Road to Structure. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie. pp. 1-37. ISSN 1613-0650

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Abstract

This article takes issue with Kuhn’s description of the ‘Aristotle experience,’ an event that took place in 1947 and that he retrospectively characterized as a revelation that instantly delivered to him the key concepts of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962). We trace a certain transformation of this narrative over time: whereas it commenced from a description of his impression of disparity between the textbook image of science and the study of historical sources, Kuhn started to characterize it as a revelation after learning of the English translation of Fleck’s 1935 Entstehung und Entwicklung einer wissenschaftlichen Tatsache. This book anticipates many central Kuhnian claims. Kuhn read it as early as 1949, but never fully acknowledged it as a source of inspiration. We discuss four hypotheses concerning the possible influence of Fleck’s theory on Kuhn’s in light of the available evidence. We conclude that the degree of similarity between them is too great to be coincidental.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Jarnicki, Pawełjarnicki@gmail.com0000-0001-5475-827X
Greif, Hajomail@hajo-greif.net0000-0002-1003-7494
Additional Information: Deposit of published version after expiry of one-year embargo period.
Keywords: Kuhn-Feck debate, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Entstehung und Entwicklung einer wissenschaftlichen Tatsache, intellectual priority
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Dr. Hajo Greif
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2023 16:37
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2023 16:37
Item ID: 22334
Journal or Publication Title: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie
Publisher: de Gruyter
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1515/agph-2020-0160
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1515/agph-2020-0160
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: 8 June 2022
Page Range: pp. 1-37
ISSN: 1613-0650
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22334

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