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How to Identify Scientifc Revolutions?

Erik Weber UGent and Dunja Seselja UGent (2010) On Kuhn's Philosophy and its Legacy. In Cadernos de Filosofia das Ciências 8. p.251-282
abstract
Conceptualizing scientific revolutions by means of explicating their causes, their underlying structure and implications has been an important part of Kuhn's philosophy of science and belongs to its legacy. In this paper we show that such “explanatory concepts” of revolutions should be distinguished from a concept based on the identification criteria of scientific revolutions. The aim of this paper is to offer such a concept, and to show that it can be fruitfully used for a further elaboration of the explanatory conceptions of revolutions. On the one hand, our concept can be used to test the preciseness and accuracy of these conceptions, by examining to what extent their criteria fit revolutions as they are defined by our concept. On the other hand, our concept can serve as the basis on which these conceptions can be further specified. We will present four different explanatory concepts of revolutions – Kuhn's, Thagard's, Chen's and Barker's, and Laudan's – and point to the ways in which each of them can be further specified in view of our concept.
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published
subject
keyword
scientific revolutions, Research traditions, taxonomic changes
book title
On Kuhn's Philosophy and its Legacy
editor
Juan manuel Torres
series title
Cadernos de Filosofia das Ciências
volume
8
pages
251 - 282
publisher
CFCUL
place of publication
Lisbon
ISBN
978-989-8247-12-4
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
B2
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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944198
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-944198
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2010-05-07 16:42:07
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2010-05-10 10:01:25
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  author       = {Weber, Erik and Seselja, Dunja},
  booktitle    = {On Kuhn's Philosophy and its Legacy},
  editor       = {Torres, Juan manuel},
  isbn         = {978-989-8247-12-4},
  keyword      = {scientific revolutions,Research traditions,taxonomic changes},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {251--282},
  publisher    = {CFCUL},
  series       = {Cadernos de Filosofia das Ci{\^e}ncias},
  title        = {How to Identify Scientifc Revolutions?},
  volume       = {8},
  year         = {2010},
}

Chicago
Weber, Erik, and Dunja Seselja. 2010. “How to Identify Scientifc Revolutions?” In On Kuhn’s Philosophy and Its Legacy, ed. Juan manuel Torres, 8:251–282. Lisbon: CFCUL.
APA
Weber, E., & Seselja, D. (2010). How to Identify Scientifc Revolutions? In J. manuel Torres (Ed.), On Kuhn’s Philosophy and its Legacy (Vol. 8, pp. 251–282). Lisbon: CFCUL.
Vancouver
1.
Weber E, Seselja D. How to Identify Scientifc Revolutions? In: Torres J manuel, editor. On Kuhn’s Philosophy and its Legacy. Lisbon: CFCUL; 2010. p. 251–82.
MLA
Weber, Erik, and Dunja Seselja. “How to Identify Scientifc Revolutions?” On Kuhn’s Philosophy and Its Legacy. Ed. Juan manuel Torres. Vol. 8. Lisbon: CFCUL, 2010. 251–282. Print.