ECFA and Beyond

The Paradigm Shift of Taiwan’s National Defense Policy
  • York W. Chen


Paradigms, according to Kuhn, refer to the entire constellation of beliefs, values, and methods shared by the members of a given community and employed as models or examples in solving problems. 1 Paradigms set the standards for the conceptualization of problems and appropriate ways to solve them. Every paradigm is unique. So they are incommensurable. They can be replaced only through an irreversible discontinuity occurring in previously shared beliefs, values, and methods. Such a change is called a paradigm shift.


Qing Dynasty Chinese Communist Party Democratic Progressive Party Effective Deterrence National Security Council 
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