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07/16/10 Social Paradigms as Indicators of Social Change Part Three: Kuhn’s Theory of Scientific Revolutions
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Kuhn’s Theory A very influential publication regarding “the analysis of the nature, causes, and consequences of revolutions in basic scientific concepts” appeared in 1962. The Structure of Scientific The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” by Thomas S. Kuhn, Revolutions,” by Thomas S. Kuhn, University of Chicago Press, 1962. University of Chicago Press, 1962.
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Kuhn’s Thesis A scientific discipline is based upon a universally accepted paradigm which defines research in terms of methodology and expectation (he calls this “normal science”) Inevitably, anomalies appear (observations that cannot be explained in terms of the existing paradigm) and a crisis ensues leading to the development of new theories Eventually, a competing theory proves adequate in extending our interpretive power in order to incorporate the anomalies, thereby replacing the preexisting paradigm, and a scientific
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This note was uploaded on 07/15/2010 for the course CMPT 320 taught by Professor Stevenpearce during the Fall '09 term at Simon Fraser.

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