Book Chapter

Kuhn, relativism and realism

C Sankey

The Routledge Handbook of Scientific Realism | Routledge - Taylor & Francis | Published : 2018

Abstract

© 2018 selection and editorial matter, Juha Saatsi; individual chapters, the contributors. The aim of this chapter is to explore the relationship between Kuhn’s views about science and scientific realism. I present an overview of key features of Kuhn’s model of scientific change. The model suggests a relativistic approach to the methods of science. I bring out a conflict between this relativistic approach and a realist approach to the norms of method. I next consider the question of progress and truth. Kuhn’s model is a problem-solving model that proceeds by way of puzzles and anomalies rather than progress toward truth. I explore Kuhn’s views about scientific progress in connection with sci..

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