What Is A Paradigm Shift, Anyway?
July 18, 2016
Thomas Kuhn‘s 1962 book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, transformed the philosophy of science and changed the way many scientists think about their work. But his influence extended well beyond the academy: The book was widely read — and seeped into popular culture. One measure of his influence is the widespread use of the term “paradigm shift,” which he introduced in articulating his views about how science changes over time.
In a paper published in 1970, Margaret Masterson presented a careful reading of Kuhn’s 1962 book. She identified 21 distinct senses in which Kuhn used the term paradigm.