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Thomas Kuhn’s Philosophy of Science: In Honour of the 100th Year of his Birth

AIAS Conference, 1-2 June 2022

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onsdag 1. juni 2022, kl. 09:00 - torsdag 2. juni 2022, kl. 16:30

The conference will honour the 100th year of Thomas Kuhn’s birth, and the 60th anniversary of the publication of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn’s book has had a profound influence on the history, sociology and philosophy of science, and has sold more than 1.2 million copies. Though best known for popularizing the notion of “paradigm change”, many aspects of the book continue to have an impact on our contemporary understanding of science.

Invited speakers

Preliminary Schedule 


Wednesday, 1 June

9.00        Welcome and Introductory Remarks

9.15        Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen

                “Thomas Kuhn as a philosopher of history”

10.15     Vasso Kindi

                “Kuhn and the History of Science”

11.15     BREAK

11.30     Hanne Andersen

                “Essential tensions in 21st century science”

12.30     LUNCH

13.30     Paul Hoyningen-Huene

                “Kuhn’s Infamous ‘World Change through Revolutions’ Talk”

14.30     Federica Bocchi

                “Kuhn on the Value of Discordance in Metrology”

15.30     BREAK

15.45     Chris Haufe

                ”The Puzzle of Promise”

18.00     DINNER for speakers


Thursday, 2 June 

9.00        K. Brad Wray

                “The Orwellian Dimension of Scientific Progress”

10.00     Vincenzo Politi

                “Thomas Kuhn's view on scientific theories”

11.00     BREAK

11.15     Markus Seidel

                “Kuhn, the Strong Programme, and Fleck: Differences and Similiarities”

12.15     LUNCH

13.15     Juan V Mayoral

                “Kuhn after Structure: The Princeton Years, 1964-1979”

14.15     George Reisch

                “A Revolutionary Textbook: A Cautionary Tale”

15.15     BREAK

15.30     Jamie Shaw

                “The Impact of Science Funding Policy on Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific


16.30     Closing remarks