Ideas of Thomas S. Kuhn, by Theme

[American, 1922 - 1997, Born in Cincinnatti. Pupil of Willard Quine. Professor at Chicago University, and at Princeton.]

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3. Truth / H. Deflationary Truth / 2. Deflationary Truth
'Truth' may only apply within a theory
14. Science / A. Basis of Science / 6. Falsification
Most theories are continually falsified [Kitcher]
Kuhn's scientists don't aim to falsifying their paradigm, because that is what they rely on [Gorham]
14. Science / B. Scientific Theories / 1. Scientific Theory
Kuhn came to accept that all scientists agree on a particular set of values [Bird]
14. Science / B. Scientific Theories / 4. Paradigm
Switching scientific paradigms is a conversion experience
14. Science / B. Scientific Theories / 5. Commensurability
Kuhn has a description theory of reference, so the reference of 'electron' changes with the descriptions [Rowlands]
Incommensurability assumes concepts get their meaning from within the theory [Okasha]
Galileo's notions can't be 'incommensurable' if we can fully describe them [Putnam]
In theory change, words shift their natural reference, so the theories are incommensurable