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The importance of history Prescriptive - attempt to describe the way something ought to be. Such an account of science might focus on ideal practice, or what is most “rational,” but might not look at all like what most scientists really do. Descriptive - attempt to describe the way something actually is. Such an account of science would pay attention to actual scientific practice. It would look at the history and practice of what has been considered to be successful science.
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The importance of history Before Kuhn, studies of the history of the development of science where not common. Kuhn dramatically changed things by offering a careful study of how science actually progressed. From his point of view, an account of the nature of scientific reasoning must take into account what actually happens in science.
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The importance of history Looking at history was important for rejecting falsificationism. If we accepted the falsificationist picture, then many theories that eventually became successful would have had to have been rejected early on.
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The importance of history Kuhn was dissatisfied with the way that the currently available accounts (inductivism, falsificationism) did not match with the actual history of science. His aim was to develop an account that did.
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Kuhn - key insights Progress in science is not steady. There are periods in science of relative
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This note was uploaded on 07/28/2010 for the course PHIL Phil 12 taught by Professor Amndabrovold during the Spring '10 term at San Diego.

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