The Paranoid Style in American History of Science

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THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, ISSN: 0495-4548, Vol: 27, Issue: 3, Page: 323-342

Publication Year:
2012
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10198
DOI:
10.1387/theoria.6273
Author(s):
Reisch, George
Publisher(s):
UPV/EHU Press; Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del PaĆ­s Vasco
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Arts and Humanities
article description
Historian Richard Hofstadter's observations about American cold-war politics are used to contextualize Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and argue that substantive claims about the nature of scientific knowledge and scientific change found in Structure were adopted from this cold-war political culture.