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Conceptual Development and Dynamic Realism

Author(s): Hanne Andersen

Journal: Studia Philosophica Estonica
ISSN 1406-0000

Volume: 5.2;
Start page: 133;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Kuhn | scienti¬Ěc concepts | family resemblance | conceptual change | taxonomies | categorization

This paper focuses on Thomas S. Kuhn's work on taxonomic concepts and how it relates to empirical work from the cognitive sciences on categorization and conceptual development. I shall first review the basic features of Kuhn's family resemblance account and compare to work from the cognitive sciences. I shall then show how Kuhn's account can be extended to cover the development of new taxonomies in science, and I shall illustrate by a detailed case study that Kuhn himself mentioned only briefly in his own work, namely the discovery of X-rays and radioactivity.
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