Philosophical elements in Thomas Kuhn's historiography of science

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Theoria (Spain), ISSN: 2171-679X, Vol: 27, Issue: 3, Page: 281-292

Publication Year:
2012
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10195
DOI:
10.1387/theoria.6160
Author(s):
Hoyningen-Huene, Paul
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Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del PaĆ­s Vasco
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Arts and Humanities
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To begin, the so-called 'selectivity of historical judgment' is discussed. According to it, writing history requires a comparative criterion of historical relevance. This criterion contains philosophical elements. In Kuhn's case, the criterion directs historical research and presentation away from Whiggish historiography by postulating a hermeneutic reading of historical sources. This postulate implies some sort of internalism, some sort of rationality of scientific development, and historical realism. To conclude, some consequences of Kuhn's anti-Whiggism are discussed.

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