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Contemporary Philosophy in Focus offers a series of introductory volumes to many of the dominant philosophical thinkers of the current age. Thomas Kuhn (1922–96), the author of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, is probably the best-known and most influential historian and philosopher of science of the last 25 years, and has become something of a cultural icon. His concepts of paradigm, paradigm change and incommensurability have changed the way we think about science. This volume offers an introduction to Kuhn's life and work and then considers the implications of Kuhn's work for philosophy, cognitive psychology, social studies of science and feminism. The volume is more than a retrospective on Kuhn, exploring future developments of cognitive and information services along Kuhnian lines. Outside of philosophy the volume will be of particular interest to professionals and students in cognitive science, history of science, science studies and cultural studies.


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Selected References in English
Selected References in English
Books by Thomas Kuhn
Kuhn, Thomas. 1957. The Copernican Revolution. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press
Kuhn, Thomas. 1962. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. 2nd edition, enlarged, 1970; 3rd edition, 1996. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
Kuhn, Thomas. 1977. The Essential Tension: Selected Essays in Scientific Tradition and Change. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
Kuhn, Thomas. 1978. Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity, 1894–1912. New York: Oxford University Press. Reprinted with an afterward, “Revisiting Planck” (a response to critics), in 1987
Kuhn, Thomas. 2000. The Road Since Structure: Philosophical Essays, 1970–1993. Edited by James Conant and John Haugeland. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
Kuhn, Thomas, John Heilbron, Paul Forman, and Lini Allen. 1967. Sources for the History of Quantum Physics: An Inventory and Report. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society
Selected Publications about Thomas Kuhn and/or His Influence
Andersen, Hanne. 2000. On Kuhn. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth
Andersen, Gunnar. 1994. Criticism and the History of Science: Kuhn's, Lakatos's, and Feyerabend's Criticism of Critical Rationalism. Leiden: Brill
Andresen, Jensine. 1999. “Crisis and Kuhn.” Isis (supplement) 90: S43–S67
Barker, Joel. 1992. Paradigms: The Business of Discovering the Future. New York: HarperCollins
Barnes, Barry. 1982. T. S. Kuhn and Social Science. New York: Columbia University Press
Bird, Alexander. 2000. Thomas Kuhn. Princeton: Princeton University Press
Buchwald, Jed Z., and George Smith. 1997. “Thomas S. Kuhn, 1922–1996.” Philosophy of Science 64: 361–76
Caneva, Kenneth. 2000. “Possible Kuhns in the History of Science: Anomalies of Incommensurable Paradigms.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 31: 87–124
Cedarbaum, Daniel. 1983. “Paradigms.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 14: 173–213
Christensen, Clayton. 1997. The Innovator's Dilemma. Boston: Harvard Business School Press
De Mey, Marc. 1982. The Cognitive Paradigm. Dordrecht: Reidel
Donovan, Arthur, Larry Laudan, and Rachel Laudan, eds. 1988. Scrutinizing Science: Empirical Studies of Scientific Change. Dordrecht: Kluwer
Fuller, Steve. 2000. Thomas Kuhn: A Philosophical History for Our Times. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
Gross, Paul, and Norman Levitt. 1994. Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press
Gross, Paul, Norman Levitt, and Martin Lewis, eds. 1996. The Flight from Science and Reason. New York: New York Academy of Sciences
Gutting, Gary, ed. 1980. Paradigms and Revolutions. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press
Heilbron, John. 1998. “Thomas Samuel Kuhn, 18 July 1922–17 June 1996.” Isis 89: 505–15
Horwich, Paul, ed. 1993. World Changes: Thomas Kuhn and the Nature of Science. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
Hoyningen-Huene, Paul. 1993. Reconstructing Scientific Revolutions: Thomas Kuhn's Philosophy of Science. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
Hoyningen-Huene, Paul. 1997. “Thomas S. Kuhn.” Journal for General Philosophy of Science 28: 235–56
Hoyningen-Huene, Paul, and Howard Sankey, eds. 2001. Incommensurability and Related Matters. Dordrecht and Boston: Kluwer
Koertge, Noretta, ed. 1998. A House Built on Sand: Exposing Postmodernist Myths about Science. New York: Oxford University Press
Lakatos, Imre, and Alan Musgrave, eds. 1970. Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Laudan, Larry. 1979. Progress and Its Problems. Berkeley: University of California Press
Laudan, Larry. 1996. Beyond Positivism and Relativism. Boulder, CO: Westview Press
Margolis, Howard. 1987. Patterns, Thinking, and Cognition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
Margolis, Howard. 1993. Paradigms and Barriers: How Habits of Mind Govern Scientific Beliefs. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
Merton, Robert. 1977. Sociology of Science: An Episodic Memoir. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press
Sankey, Howard. 1994. The Incommensurability Thesis. Aldershot: Avebury
Sankey, Howard. 1997. Rationality, Relativism, and Incommensurability. Aldershot: Ashgate
Sardar, Ziauddin. 2000. Thomas Kuhn and the Science Wars. New York: Totem
Scheffler, Israel. 1967. Science and Subjectivity. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill
Shapere, Dudley. 1984. Reason and the Search for Knowledge. Dordrecht: Reidel
Sharrock, Wes, and Rupert Read. 2002. Kuhn. Oxford: Blackwell
Sokal, Alan, and Jean Bricmont. 1998. Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science. New York: Picador
Stegmüuller, Wolfgang. 1976. The Structure and Dynamics of Theories. New York and Berlin: Springer-Verlag
Suppe, Frederick. 1974. “The Search for Philosophic Understanding of Scientific Theories.” In: Frederick Suppe, ed. The Structure of Scientific Theories, 2nd ed. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1977, pp. 3–232
Verronen, Veli. 1986. The Growth of Knowledge: An Inquiry into the Kuhnian Theory. Jyväskylä: Jyväskylän University Library
Von Dietze, Erich. 2001. Paradigms Explained: Rethinking Thomas Kuhn's Philosophy of Science. New York: Praeger


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