Philosophy Quiz 3 - Rebecca Shindell September 27, 2010...

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Rebecca Shindell September 27, 2010 Philosophy 011 Quiz 3 According to Kuhn, the development of a science is not uniform, but it tends to have alternating normal and revolutionary phases. The revolutionary phases are not periods of accelerated progress. However, they do differ qualitatively from normal science. Normal science resembles the standard cumulative picture of scientific progress, at least on the surface. In Kuhn’s eyes, normal science is described as puzzle solving. Although this term suggests that normal science is not dramatic, its main purpose is to convey the idea that like someone doing crossword puzzles or jigsaw puzzles, the puzzle-solver expects to have a reasonable chance of solving that puzzle. The puzzle will be solved depending on that person’s ability as well as the puzzle itself and its methods of solution will have a high degree of familiarity. A puzzle-solver is not entering completely uncharted territory. Because its puzzles and their solutions are familiar and relatively straightforward, normal
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This note was uploaded on 10/04/2010 for the course PHIL 011 taught by Professor Emilygroscholz during the Fall '10 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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Philosophy Quiz 3 - Rebecca Shindell September 27, 2010...

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