CFP: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50 Years On

Posted: 10 de June de 2011 by Fernando Furtado in Event
CFP –  The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50 Years On

Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy

Guest Editor: Dr. Rogier De Langhe (Ghent University, Belgium)

2012 is the 50th birthday of Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Although the book never gained wide acceptance, it sold over a million copies and is undoubtedly one of the most famous books in 20th century philosophy of science. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions prompted fierce discussion on topics such as rationality, relativism, incommensurability, progress, scientific method and the role of social and historical factors in science. But in recent years interest seems to be waning. This issue of Topoi investigates what the role of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions can be in 21st century philosophy of science. Is there need for general theories of science as an antidote to increased specialisation, or is there no across-the board story to be told? Can formalism developed in the “new” science of networks (e.g. Watts, Newman, Barabasi) provide new ways of expressing the claims in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions? What prospects does simulation offer now that increased computational abilities allow philosophers to model boundedly rational agents in new ways? Can the massive increase in aggregate data about science (e.g. Web of Science) offer new means of empirical support for general theories such as Kuhn’s? And what can the normative consequences of the resulting insights be for the division of labour in science, the promotion of scientific innovation and institutional design of science? These and related questions constitute suitable topics for this special issue.

Full papers are expected by January 15th, 2012, and should not exceed 6,000 words. Abstracts of max. 300 words are required by June 13th, 2011, and should be sent to

Gary Hardcastle
Executive Secretary and Treasurer, Philosophy of Science Association
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
Bloomsburg University
Bloomsburg, PA  17815
570.389.4174 (office)
570.389.2094 (fax)

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