Philosophical Elements in Thomas Kuhn's Historiography of Science

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Published 23-09-2012
Paul Hoyningen-Huene

Abstract

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.

How to Cite

Hoyningen-Huene, P. (2012). Philosophical Elements in Thomas Kuhn’s Historiography of Science. THEORIA, 27(3), 281–292. https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.6160
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Keywords

Historical relevance, Anti-Whiggism, internalism, rationality of science, historical realism

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MONOGRAPHIC SECTION