Walking the line: Kuhn between realism and relativism

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Abstract

In this paper, I evaluate the thorny issue as to whether Thomas Kuhn’s view
supports a form of realism or relativism. I consider two prominent realist
readings of Kuhn, offered respectively by Hoyningen-Huene and Giere, and
some of the challenges each of them faces. I offer then a reading of Kuhn’s
contentious claim about “working in a new world” in terms of what I call
naturalized Kantian kinds. I show how this reading can escape some of the
challenges and deliver a mild form of realism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50 Years On
EditorsAlisa Bokulich, William Devlin
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages135-152
Volume311
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-13382-9
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2015

Publication series

NameBoston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
PublisherSpringer
Volume311

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