Kuhn and Scientific Practices

  title={Kuhn and Scientific Practices},
  author={Joseph T Rouse},
Joseph Rouse Wesleyan University Thomas Kuhn's philosophical work has helped initiate or reinvigorate many of the central themes in the philosophy of science over the past three decades. His claim that appropriate attention to history could decisively transform familiar philosophical of science views was of course prophetic. Kuhn's discussion of meaning change, incommensurability, and the interdependence of theory and observation occasioned both the rise of rationalist metamethodologies and the… 
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