Discussion: Kuhn’s Evolutionary Analogy in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and “The Road since Structure”

Philosophy of Science 77 (3):468-476 (2010)

Thomas A. C. Reydon
Universität Hannover
Recently, Barbara Renzi argued that Kuhn's account of scientific change is undermined by mismatches in the analogy that Kuhn supposedly draws between scientific change and biological evolution. We argue that Renzi's criticism is inadequate to Kuhn's account of scientific change, as Kuhn does not draw any precise analogy between the mechanisms of scientific change and biological evolution nor aims to argue that the mechanisms of scientific change and biological evolution are similar in any important respects. Therefore, pointing to mismatches between the central concepts that feature in the descriptions of the two phenomena simply misses the point of Kuhn's analogy. *Received January 2010; revised January 2010. †To contact the authors, please write to: Thomas A. C. Reydon, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Im Moore 21, D‐30167 Hannover, Germany; e‐mail: reydon@ww.uni‐hannover.de.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1086/652966
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 43,952
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.Thomas S. Kuhn - 1962 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 22 (3):287-297.
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.Thomas S. Kuhn - 1962 - Philosophical Quarterly 14 (57):377-379.
Thomas Kuhn.Alexander Bird - 2002 - Philosophical Quarterly 52 (209):654-657.

View all 9 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Kuhnianism and Neo-Kantianism: On Friedman’s Account of Scientific Change.Thodoris Dimitrakos - 2016 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 30 (4):361-382.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles


Added to PP index

Total views
101 ( #79,953 of 2,266,532 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
6 ( #224,121 of 2,266,532 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes

Sign in to use this feature