Thomas Kuhn

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Thomas Kuhn (1922-1996), was a historian turned philosopher of science whose seminal work The Structure of Scientific Revolutions inspired a conceptual revolution away from logical positivism towards what has been called the “historicist turn” in the philosophy of science. Unusually for a book dealing with the philosophy of science, it has had a wide-ranging impact upon many other disciplines, including the social sciences, and has been named one of the most influential books of the twentieth century.

Thomas Samuel Kuhn was born on 18 July 1922. He attended Harvard University in 1940, and chose to major in physics instead of mathematics due to what he felt were greater career opportunities in the former. He …
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Timmins, Adam . "Thomas Kuhn". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 June 2012
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