Foundations of Chemistry 15 (1):93-101 (2013)

Geoffrey Blumenthal
University of Bristol
A recent paper by Hoyningen-Huene argues that the Chemical Revolution is an excellent example of the success of Kuhn’s theory. This paper gives a succinct account of some counter-arguments and briefly refers to some further existing counter-arguments. While Kuhn’s theory does have a small number of more or less successful elements, it has been widely recognised that in general Kuhn’s theory is a “preformed and relatively inflexible framework” (1962, p. 24) which does not fit particular historical examples well; this paper clarifies that those examples include the Chemical Revolution.
Keywords Chemical Revolution  Kuhn  Fiftieth anniversary  Re-assessment
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DOI 10.1007/s10698-011-9129-6
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