Yafeng Shan

Affiliation: 

University College London

Kuhn’s Real Wrong Turning

The significance of Thomas Kuhn in the history of the philosophy of science is somehow paradoxical. On the one hand, Kuhn was one of the most influential philosophers of science in the second half of twentieth century. On the other hand, there is little distinctively Kuhn’s legacy in the sense that most of Kuhn’s work has no longer the philosophical significance. Alexander Bird (2002) argued that the reason for this is that Kuhn took a direction opposite to that of the mainstream of the philosophy of science in his later academic career.