Kuhn's constructionism

Perspectives on Science 18 (3):311-327 (2010)
Given Kuhn's remark that scientists work in different worlds before and after a scientific revolution (1996, p. 111; 2000, p. 221) it is not surprising that he is widely regarded as a social constructionist.1 Indeed, this is one issue about which Kuhn's fans and foes agree. Both the sociologists of science who were inspired by his work and many of his philosophical critics regard Kuhn's view as a form of constructionism. But, this apparent agreement may be to a large extent an illusion, for as (Ian Hacking 1999) notes "constructionism" connotes different things to different people. Many sociologists and historians of science self-consciously approach their subject as constructionists (see Shapin 1996, pp. 9–10; ..
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