The Relativistic Legacy of Kuhn and Feyerabend
Source TitleThe Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Relativism
University of Melbourne Author/sSankey, Charles
AffiliationSchool of Historical and Philosophical Studies
CitationsSankey, H. (2020). The Relativistic Legacy of Kuhn and Feyerabend. Kusch, M (Ed.). The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Relativism, (1st), pp.379-387. Routledge.
Access StatusOpen Access
Thomas S. Kuhn (1922–1996) and Paul K. Feyerabend (1924–1994) were central figures in the historical turn that took place in the philosophy of science in the latter half of the twentieth century. In a break with positivist orthodoxy, advocates of the historical approach sought to understand the sciences in terms of the developmental processes which underlie scientific change. With growing recognition of the extent to which science is subject to change, the suggestion that the sciences may be approached in relativistic terms came increasingly to the fore. In no small part, the work of Feyerabend and Kuhn was responsible for this trend.
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