Advanced search
1 file | 209.08 KB Add to list

Kuhn and the question of pursuit worthiness

Dunja Seselja (UGent) and Christian Strasser (UGent)
Author
Organization
Abstract
The aim of this paper is, on the one hand, to critically investigate Kuhn's stance on the assessment of the pursuit worthiness of scientific theories, and, on the other hand, to show the actuality of some of Kuhn's points on this issue, in view of their critical analysis. To this end we show that Kuhn presents certain tools, which may help scientists to overcome communication breakdowns when engaging in the process of rational deliberation regarding the question whether a theory is worthy of further pursuit. These tools are persuasion, translation and interpretation. However, we argue that the perspective of epistemic semantic monism present in Kuhn's work obstructs the full applicability of these tools. We show that dropping this perspective makes the notions of persuasion and interpretation more fruitful, and moreover, allows for a pluralism of scientific theories and practices that complements the pluralism based on disagreement among scientists, emphasized by Kuhn.
Keywords
Epistemic monism, Pursuit worthiness, Thomas Kuhn, Theory choice, Methodological pluralism

Downloads

  • Kuhn Pursuit paper.pdf
    • full text
    • |
    • open access
    • |
    • PDF
    • |
    • 209.08 KB

Citation

Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:

MLA
Seselja, Dunja, and Christian Strasser. “Kuhn and the Question of Pursuit Worthiness.” TOPOI-AN INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PHILOSOPHY 32.1 (2013): 9–19. Print.
APA
Seselja, D., & Strasser, C. (2013). Kuhn and the question of pursuit worthiness. TOPOI-AN INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PHILOSOPHY, 32(1), 9–19.
Chicago author-date
Seselja, Dunja, and Christian Strasser. 2013. “Kuhn and the Question of Pursuit Worthiness.” Topoi-an International Review of Philosophy 32 (1): 9–19.
Chicago author-date (all authors)
Seselja, Dunja, and Christian Strasser. 2013. “Kuhn and the Question of Pursuit Worthiness.” Topoi-an International Review of Philosophy 32 (1): 9–19.
Vancouver
1.
Seselja D, Strasser C. Kuhn and the question of pursuit worthiness. TOPOI-AN INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PHILOSOPHY. 2013;32(1):9–19.
IEEE
[1]
D. Seselja and C. Strasser, “Kuhn and the question of pursuit worthiness,” TOPOI-AN INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PHILOSOPHY, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 9–19, 2013.
@article{3152328,
  abstract     = {{The aim of this paper is, on the one hand, to critically investigate Kuhn's stance on the assessment of the pursuit worthiness of scientific theories, and, on the other hand, to show the actuality of some of Kuhn's points on this issue, in view of their critical analysis. To this end we show that Kuhn presents certain tools, which may help scientists to overcome communication breakdowns when engaging in the process of rational deliberation regarding the question whether a theory is worthy of further pursuit. These tools are persuasion, translation and interpretation. However, we argue that the perspective of epistemic semantic monism present in Kuhn's work obstructs the full applicability of these tools. We show that dropping this perspective makes the notions of persuasion and interpretation more fruitful, and moreover, allows for a pluralism of scientific theories and practices that complements the pluralism based on disagreement among scientists, emphasized by Kuhn.}},
  author       = {{Seselja, Dunja and Strasser, Christian}},
  issn         = {{0167-7411}},
  journal      = {{TOPOI-AN INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PHILOSOPHY}},
  keywords     = {{Epistemic monism,Pursuit worthiness,Thomas Kuhn,Theory choice,Methodological pluralism}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{1}},
  pages        = {{9--19}},
  title        = {{Kuhn and the question of pursuit worthiness}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11245-012-9144-9}},
  volume       = {{32}},
  year         = {{2013}},
}

Altmetric
View in Altmetric
Web of Science
Times cited: