What have they Done to Kuhn?

An Ideological Introduction in Chiaroscuro (but No Footnotes)
  • Zev Bechler
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 145)


Between the publication of the Principia Mathematica in 1911 and the outbreak of the war in 1914, Russell published two books. In these books he was engaged in establishing empiricism on a new basis, after having refuted the “old empiricists”. This refutation was contained in the demonstration that

there is general knowledge not derived from sense, and that some of this knowledge is not obtained by inference but is primitive. Such general knowledge is to be found in logic. [External, p. 51]


Scientific Theory Scientific Revolution Logical Construction Survival Instrument Copernican Revolution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zev Bechler
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HaifaIsrael

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