Thomas Kuhn: Scientific Paradigms

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What is Kuhn's central idea?
The paradigm
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What is a paraigm?
It is shared by members of a scientific community and defines what their science is. It provides a basic framework of assumptions, principles and methods within which members of that communitty work.
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What else could a paradigm be described as?
A set of norms, because it tells scientists how they ought to think and behave.
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What is the benefit of a paradigm according to Kuhn?
It allows scientists to agree on the basics of their subject and get on with 'puzzle solving' work, steadily fleshing out the bones of the paradigm with more detail
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How does Kuhns view of science contrast with Poppers view?
While Popper sees falsification as the unique feature of science, for Kuhn it is puzzle solving within a paradigm that makes science special
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On Kuhn's definition when could sociology become a science?
If the basic disagreements were resolved such as whether society is based on consensus or conflict/
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