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Kuhn's "The structure of scientific revolutions"; a reader's guide.


Kuhn's "The structure of scientific revolutions"; a reader's guide.

Preston, John.

Continuum Publishing Group


126 pages




Frequently quoted and a staple reference in many a study, this alternative to formalist approaches in the philosophy of science is one of the most influential works in the field of the latter half of the twentieth century. Preston (philosophy, U. of Reading) not only gives a well-balanced, close reading of Kuhn's text but sorts out the responses from the moment of its publication. He provides a summary of Kuhn's groundwork and development of his themes, some of which happened upon him in what must have been fascinating conversations with more seasoned philosophers in American and England, and gives a chapter-by chapter review that serves as a reader's companion allowing for independent responses. In his brief but concise review of reception and influence of the work Preston directs the reader toward the most significant, and his list of further reading is comprehensive.

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