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, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 455–457 | Cite as

A guidebook through Kuhn scholarship

James A. Marcum: Thomas Kuhn’s revolutions: A historical and evolutionary philosophy of science? London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015, 287pp, ₤21.99 PB
  • Rogier De Langhe
Book Review
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Thomas Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions is one of the most influential and controversial books in twentieth century philosophy. What is perhaps even more remarkable is that well into the twenty-first century and two decades after the untimely death of its author, the ideas in the book still incite controversy and debate in philosophy and beyond. Not bad for a book that is built up around concepts that are, according to many critics, ill-defined and incoherent. Where did those ideas come from, how were they received and how did they subsequently evolve? These are the main questions James Marcum answers in Thomas Kuhn’s Revolutions: A Historical and an Evolutionary Philosophy of Science. The book expands on Marcum’s earlier work ThomasKuhn’s Revolution: An Historical Philosophy of Science (2005) in which Marcum focused more exclusively on the origin and reception of the Structure of Scientific Revolutions. His new book preserves most of that material (part one and two) but...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ghent UniversityGhentBelgium

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