, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 301–304 | Cite as

For Kuhn, anything goes

Stefano Gattei: Thomas Kuhn’s “Linguistic Turn” and the legacy of logical empiricism: incommensurability, rationality, and the search for truth, Hampshire: Ashgate, 2008, 292 pp, £60 HB
  • George Reisch
Book Review

There had to have been times when Thomas Kuhn felt like Leonard Nimoy. After 1969, every casting agent, producer, director and science fiction fan took Nimoy to be one thing: Commander Spock, complete with pointy ears. Sure, Nimoy played other roles, but he will always be Spock. Thomas Kuhn, on the other hand, will always be the paradigm-guy. Yes, he wrote about things other than paradigms in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, and even tried to rework his original concept under different names. But everything he wrote was important because of, and viewed through the lens of, his book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions of 1962.

In the world of Star Trek, of course, it was really the logical positivistswho take Spock’s role. For they had the reputation for demanding that all valid knowledge is logically constructed and founded on universal and objective facts. Next to the logical positivist Spock, Kuhn was really a next-generation philosopher more like the android Commander Data. Despite the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northwestern University School of Continuing StudiesChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Open Court Publishing CompanyChicagoUSA

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