Pages in this set

Page 1

Preview of page 1
Thomas Kuhn: Scientific Paradigms

Thomas Kuhn (1970):

Historian of Science
Science Unique
Like Poppers theory Kuhn's has important implications on sociology

The Paradigm:

Kuhn's main idea:

Idea shared between a Scientific community I.E. Physicist defines their science
Provides basic framework members of community work within this framework
Set of norms…

Page 2

Preview of page 2
Scientific Revolutions:

Scientists sometimes obtain findings that contradict the paradigm (anomalies)
Anomalies gradually mount upleading to a fall of confidence within that paradigm
Paradigm is then reformulated to count the anomalies
o Scientific meltdown, scientists come demoralised
Scientists then formulate new paradigmsScientific revolution

Kuhn:

Rival paradigms are incommensurable
o Two…

Comments

No comments have yet been made

Similar Sociology resources:

See all Sociology resources »