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Kuukkanen, J. (2021). What’s Forgotten About The Structure of Scientific Revolutions?, Journal of the Philosophy of History, 15(3), 323-339. doi:

What’s forgotten about The Structure of Scientific Revolutions?

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Author: Kuukkanen, Jouni-Matti1
Organizations: 1Department of History of Sciences and Ideas, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Brill, 2021
Publish Date: 2023-01-24


Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is a classic, and it is certainly not forgotten. However, an essential aspect about it has been neglected. That is, Kuhn’s Structure is a book in philosophy of history in the sense that Structure attempts gives an account of historical events, focuses on the whole of the history of science and stipulates a structure of the history of science to explain historical events. Kuhn’s book and its contribution to the debates about the progress of science and the contingency and inevitability of the history of science shows why and how philosophy of history is relevant for the history and philosophy of science. Its successful integration of historical and philosophical aspects in one account makes it worthwhile reading also for philosophers of history in the twentieth-first century. In particular, it raises the question whether the historical record can justify philosophical views and comprehensive syntheses of the past.

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Series: Journal of the philosophy of history
ISSN: 1872-261X
ISSN-E: 1872-2636
ISSN-L: 1872-261X
Volume: 15
Issue: 3
Pages: 323 - 339
DOI: 10.1163/18722636-12341464
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
611 Philosophy
Copyright information: © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2021