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Chapter 4: Revolutionary Change and Rationality: Kuhn and his Rivals

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Revolutionary Change and Rationality: Kuhn and his Rivals
Revolutionary change and rationality: Kuhn and his rivals

The image of science which is often found in science textbooks, in popular accounts of the lives of great scientists, and in everyday discussions of science is one of an enormous and cumulative growth of knowledge. At any rate, this is the picture many accounts give of natural science since the time of Galileo. This image has great power. It gives science enormous prestige and makes it easier for scientists to get vast amounts of money for research projects which deal with matters very remote from everyday life, like the origins of the universe. It encourages students of human behaviour to call themselves social scientists, to imitate the methods of ...

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