Heisenberg Meets Kuhn: Closed Theories and Paradigms*

  title={Heisenberg Meets Kuhn: Closed Theories and Paradigms*},
  author={Alisa Bokulich},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={90 - 107}
  • A. Bokulich
  • Published 1 January 2006
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science
The aim of this paper is to examine in detail the similarities and dissimilarities between Werner Heisenberg’s account of closed theories and Thomas Kuhn’s model of scientific revolutions. My analysis draws on a little‐known discussion that took place between Heisenberg and Kuhn in 1963, in which Heisenberg, having just read Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions, compares Kuhn’s views to his own account of closed theories. I conclude that while Heisenberg and Kuhn share a holist conception… 
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