Genesis And Development Of A Scientific Fact

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While I was reading Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact (GDSF) (Fleck, 1935), I played close attention to the Foreword written by Thomas Kuhn. As a novice in reading about the philosophy of science, the name Kuhn sounded familiar, but I was not able to remember which situations or disciplines were Kuhn’s areas of expertise. Moreover, I was sure that his name was related to philosophy, but I did not certainly know about his contributions to the development of the philosophy of science. Through inquiring more about the connections between Kuhn and Fleck, I have found some research that has related these philosophers ' ways of thinking. This research claims that Fleck and Kuhn have shaped the development of science as it is recognized nowadays, and their contributions are framed into what Brorson, and Andersen (2001) have called “scientific phenomena worlds” (p.109) . Some of this research compares both thoughts (e.g. Möẞner, 2011; Stark, 2012), while other conceives Fleck as precursor of Kuhn’s thought (e.g. Babich, 2003; Pérez Marín, 2010). The possible similarities between these philosophers ' thoughts seem to be only superficial (Möẞner, 2011; Pérez Marín, 2010; Stark, 2012). An in-depth reading of Kuhn 's reflections on Fleck 's influence on his Structure of the Scientific Revolution (SSR) (1970) shows that Kuhn was certainly moved by the sociology of the sciences proposed by Fleck, but Kuhn is also cautious to overtly say that Fleck influenced his philosophy
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