Re: Kuhn, was Re: new to list

From: Russell Blackford (
Date: Wed Aug 29 2001 - 06:30:41 MDT

> said:
>> Kuhn's theory was that all scientific theories are equally and
>> subjectively valid, and one only gains credence over another due to
>> class conflict between established scientists and the younger
>> generations of scientists.
>Is that in "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions"? That's sure not what
>I learned from that book! Where is this part of his mindset exposed?

Actually, I think Mike is more or less right on this occasion (I mean
"correct"; he's always
(somewhere to the) right <g>). Kuhn does talk somewhere about old scientists
having to die off (though not by violence) as part of the way new paradigms
achieve acceptance.

Russell who most definitely has read Kuhn

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