Kuhn's "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions"

Kuhn's "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" : A Reader's Guide

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Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is arguably one of the most influential books of the twentieth century and a key text in the philosophy and history of science. Kuhn transformed the philosophy and history of science in the twentieth century in an irrevocable way and still provides an important alternative to formalist approaches in the philosophy of science. His most important work is therefore a hugely exciting, yet challenging, piece of philosophical writing. In Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: A Reader's Guide, John Preston offers a clear and thorough account of this key philosophical work. The book offers a detailed review of the key themes and a lucid commentary that will enable readers to rapidly navigate the text. Geared towards the specific requirements of students who need to reach a sound understanding of the text as a whole, the guide explores the complex and important ideas inherent in the text and provides a cogent survey of the reception and influence of Kuhn's work. This is the ideal companion to study of this most influential of texts.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 7mm | 167g
  • Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0826493769
  • 9780826493767
  • 707,915

Table of contents

1. Context; 2. Overview of Themes; 3. Reading the Text; 4. Reception and Influence; 5. Notes for Further Reading.
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'This richly succinct guide to The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, T.S. Kuhn's hugely influential book, combines a lucid and subtle presentation of its main themes with an incisive and probing assessment of its reception and significance.'
Vasso Kindi, Department of Philosophy and History of Science, University of Athens, Greece 'Preston's book admirably illuminates the most philosophically compelling and enduring elements of Kuhn's thought without diluting their complexity or sidestepping their perplexing consequences.'
Matthew Lund, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Rowan University, USA
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About John Preston

John Preston is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Reading. Previous publications include Feyerabend: Philosophy, Science and Society (Polity, 1997) and Thought and Language (ed.) (CUP, 1997).
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