Kuhn and the Chemical Revolution: a re-assessment

Geoffrey J Blumenthal

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A recent paper by Hoyningen-Huene argues that the Chemical Revolution is an excellent example of the success of Kuhn’s theory. This paper gives a succinct account of some counter-arguments and briefly refers to some further existing counter-arguments. While Kuhn’s theory does have a small number of more or less successful elements, it has been widely recognised that in general Kuhn’s theory is a “preformed and relatively inflexible framework” (1962, p. 24) which does not fit particular historical examples well; this paper clarifies that those examples include the Chemical revolution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-101
Number of pages9
JournalFoundations of Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


  • Chemical Revolution
  • Kuhn
  • Fiftieth anniversary
  • Re-assessment


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