Thomas Kuhn in Explaining Postmodernism

In The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn argues for metaphysical subjective relativism:

“the proponents of competing paradigms practice their trades in different worlds.”

In part, this is because scientists are not educated so much as brainwashed:

“the member of a mature scientific community is, like the typical character in Orwell’s 1984, the victim of a history rewritten by the powers that be.”

Consequently, Kuhn infers that science has nothing to do with anything called “truth”:

“We may, to be more precise, have to relinquish the notion, explicit or implicit, that changes of paradigm carry scientists and those who learn from them closer and closer to the truth.”

For more on the meaning and implications of Thomas Kuhn’s contributions to postmodernism, see my Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism from Rousseau to Foucault.

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