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Thomas Kuhn's ""Linguistic Turn"" and the Legacy of Logical Empiricism (Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Philosophy)

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Dr Stefano Gattei, University of Pisa, Italy.

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Product Details

  • Series: Ashgate New Critical Thinking in Philosophy
  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754661601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754661603
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,201,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stefano Gattei graduated in Philosophy at the University of Milan in 2003, with a thesis on the problem of foundationalism in contemporary philosophy. In 2004 he was awarded a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Science at the University of Bristol, with a dissertation on Thomas Kuhn's "linguistic turn" and the legacy of Logical Positivism.
He did research at the universities of Klagenfurt, Vienna, Oxford, Cambridge, London, Padua and New York. He taught in Milan, Vercelli and Pisa. He is now lecturer at the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies, Lucca.

He works in the history and philosophy of science, with special focus on the interaction between them. His main research areas include: William Whewell, Karl R. Popper and critical rationalism, Thomas S. Kuhn, the dynamics of theoretical and conceptual change, the incommensurability thesis, the theory of rationality, truth, skepticism and realism; the Scientific Revolution, Johannes Kepler, early-modern astronomy and cosmology, the history and philosophy of mathematics.

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By Dr. Timothy Ketelaar on November 20, 2014
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A real gem!
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6 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Viktor Blasjo on May 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This stupid book embodies the doctrinal idiocy of modern analytic philosophy of science. The book appears to be essentially Gattei's PhD thesis (indeed, it consists almost entirely of highly unimaginative, dissertation-style literature review); and, since Gattei is obviously intellectually spineless, the book reveals the doctrinal imprint in its purest form. The book's stupid thesis is that "the implicit presuppositions and the stated principles of Kuhn's philosophy are not very different from those of the logical positivists or logical empiricists he was determined to reject" (p. x). The notion that Kuhn was "determined to reject" logical positivism is of course utterly ridiculous. Two assumptions make such nonsense appear sensible to people like Gattei and Alexander Bird (his PhD advisor, who has written on the same topic). Firstly, that logical positivism is the alpha and the omega of philosophy of science, and that everyone must be "determined" to define his opinion in relation to it. Secondly, that the philosophy of science is a pathetic ping-pong game between philosophical isms. Because of these doctrinal assumptions, it never occurs to these people that someone might actually do philosophy of science by thinking about actual science and pursuing the interesting questions that arise, rather than by rummaging through the hottest post-positivist journals in search of some miniscule crevice that no one has exploited yet.
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