Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions - 50 Years On

  • William J. Devlin
  • Alisa Bokulich

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 311)

About this book


In 1962, the publication of Thomas Kuhn’s Structure ‘revolutionized’ the way one conducts philosophical and historical studies of science. Through the introduction of both memorable and controversial notions, such as paradigms, scientific revolutions, and incommensurability, Kuhn argued against the traditionally accepted notion of scientific change as a progression towards the truth about nature, and instead substituted the idea that science is a puzzle solving activity, operating under paradigms, which become discarded after it fails to respond accordingly to anomalous challenges and a rival paradigm. Kuhn’s Structure has sold over 1.4 million copies and the Times Literary Supplement named it one of the “Hundred Most Influential Books since the Second World War.” Now, fifty years after this groundbreaking work was published, this volume offers a timely reappraisal of the legacy of Kuhn’s book and an investigation into what Structure offers philosophical, historical, and sociological studies of science in the future.


Carnap-Kuhn Connection Comparison of Proto-Structure and Structure Context of Justification Disciplinary Matrix Incommensurability Kuhn and the Historiography of Science Kuhn's Development Before and After Structure Kuhn’s Philosophical Development Kuhn’s Positive Legacy to the Philosophy of Science Kuhn’s Social Epistemology Modern Naturalism Paradigm Philosophical Relationship Between Carnap and Kuhn Scientific Revolutions Sociology of Scientific Knowledge Structure of Scientific Revolutions Thomas S. Kuhn

Editors and affiliations

  • William J. Devlin
    • 1
  • Alisa Bokulich
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyBridgewater State UniversityBridgewaterUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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