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The Death of Truth; Thomas S. Kuhn and the Evolution of Ideas

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  • ISBN: 9780195144321 | 0195144325
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/1/2014
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Thomas S. Kuhn wrote The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, one of themost influential books of the 20th century, a work which sold more than amillion copies, changed the way we think about the evolution ofideas--especially scientific ideas--and raised doubts about the long-termsurvival of even our most cherished scientific concepts.In The Death of Truth, Keay Davidson paints a vivid picture of Kuhn'stroubled career and personal life, as well as a vibrant account of theintellectual and cultural climate in which Kuhn worked. Drawing on direct accessto family members and colleagues as well as his subject's private papers,Davidson sheds light on Kuhn's personal life, including the brilliant familyeccentrics who influenced his work; his troubled emotional and family life; hisoft-combative relations with colleagues and critics; and his maddeningly erraticcomments on the shocking implications of his theories. The book also provides anengaging picture of the intellectual and cultural world in which Kuhn's ideasevolved, including the nasty battles over logical positivism and the widespreaddisillusionment with science during an era of high-tech war, nuclear weapons,environmental ruin, and ruthless industrial globalization. Along the way,Davidson ranges from the battlefields of World War II to the academic squabblesof Harvard, Berkeley, Princeton, and MIT, and offers fascinating glimpses ofeminent thinkers such as Kuhn's famous foe Karl Popper, philosopher LudwigWittgenstein, positivist crusader A.J. Ayer, the flamboyant "anarchist" Paul K.Feyerabend, and many others.The Death of Truth is the first full-length portrait of a trulyrevolutionary thinker--a strange, troubled man who abandoned a brilliant careerto challenge science's most dogmatic assumptions.

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