Thomas Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Thesis

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The concept of the paradigm shift, however, negates the very idea that truth could ever actually be reached. Each paradigm -- which only gives way to another paradigm, leaving all knowledge and understanding ultimately tied to some semblance of foundational assumptions. There is no getting beyond the assumptions, as they are a necessary component (in Kuhn's view) of establishing any sort of causal understanding at all. Science is then, taking Kuhn's theory of paradigm shifts to its logical conclusion, ultimately and always doomed to failure if its goal is defined as the determination and explanation of truth. The goal of science must itself be redefined as a result of Kuhn's concept of the paradigm shift, unless a competing theory proves as effective in explaining scientific progress -- and captures the attention of the scientific community as well. Such paradigm shifts do not come easily, however.

Conclusion

Few -- if any -- books of the twentieth century have been as influential in shaping the modern understanding of science as Thomas Kuhn's the Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Whether or not all or any of his ideas are adhered to, modern students and practitioners of science cannot work outside the realm of "Kuhnian" concepts and explanations. His book has, in a way, proved its own point by establishing a paradigmatic understanding of science that dictates the type of scientific inquiry that can be carried out. This is precisely what Kuhn was pointing out, and his skill in doing so rendered it true…for now.

References

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References

Blunden, a. (1998). "On the nature and necessity of scientific revolutions." Accessed 20 February 2010. http://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/philosophy/works/us/kuhn.htm

Bird, a. (2004). "Thomas Kuhn." Accessed 20 February 2010. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/thomas-kuhn/

Eng, L. (2001). "The accidental rebel: Thomas Kuhn and the Structure of Scientific Revolutions." http://www.cjas.org/~leng/kuhn.pdf

Forster, M. (1998). "Thomas Kuhn's the Structure of Scientific Revolutions." Accessed 20 February 2010. http://philosophy.wisc.edu/Forster/220/kuhn.htm

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