The Essential Tension: Selected Studies in Scientific Tradition and Change

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University of Chicago Press, 1977 - Science - 366 pages
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"The Essential Tension" is a collection of previously published essays by Thomas Kuhn to which the author has added two hitherto unpublished articles and a splendid, partly autobiographical preface. These assembled studies shed much light on the early evolution and subsequent reformulations of Kuhn's provocative "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" (1962; revised edition 1970). Read as a group, they reveal a profound and subtle mind struggling to articulate and to resolve tensions between different modes of knowing and experiencing

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Re-read chapter 7 and realized that just as in Structure of Scientific Revolutions (SSR) the second half of the text is quite profound and I had overlooked it. In particular the distinction between ... Read full review

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Thomas S. Kuhn (1922-1996) was professor emeritus of philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His many books include The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and Black-Body Theory and the Quantum Discontinuity, 1894-1912, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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