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The Future of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Topoi 32 (1):75-79 (2013)

K. Brad Wray
Aarhus University
I examine the value and limitations of Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions. In the interests of developing a social epistemology of science, I argue that we should draw on Kuhn’s later work, published in The Road since Structure. There, Kuhn draws attention to the important role that specialty formation plays in resolving crises in science, a topic he did not discuss in Structure. I argue that we need to develop a better understanding of specialty research communities. Kuhn’s later work provides a research agenda for those who want to study scientific specialization. I briefly discuss some recent studies that promise to provide valuable insight into the social structure of science
Keywords Kuhn  Social epistemology  Specialization  Research community  Game Theory
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DOI 10.1007/s11245-012-9140-0
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