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‘Working in a New World’: Kuhn, Constructivism, and Mind-Dependence (2015)


In The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Kuhn famously advanced the claim that scientists work in a different world after a scientific revolution. Kuhn's view has been at the center of a philosophical literature that has tried to make sense of his bold claim, by listing Kuhn's view in good company with other seemingly constructivist proposals. The purpose of this paper is to take some steps towards clarifying what sort of constructivism (if any) is in fact at stake in Kuhn's view. To this end, I distinguish between two main (albeit not exclusive) notions of mind-dependence: a semantic notion and an ontological one. I point out that Kuhn's view should be understood as subscribing to a form of semantic mind-dependence, and conclude that semantic mind-dependence does not land us into any worrisome ontological mind-dependence, pace any constructivist reading of Kuhn.

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Authors & Contributors
Wray, K. Brad
Dear, Peter Robert
Mizrahi, Moti
Zhang, Meifang
Wegener, Daan
Turner, Stephanie S.
Philosophy of science
Social construction; constructivism
Science studies, theoretical works
Revolutions in science
History of philosophy of science
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
21st century
20th century, early
19th century
17th century
East Asia
United States

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