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Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions at FiftyReflections on a Science Classic$
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Robert J. "Richards and Lorraine Daston

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226317038

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226317175.001.0001

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Structure as Cited, Structure as Read

Structure as Cited, Structure as Read

(p.167) Nine Structure as Cited, Structure as Read
Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions at Fifty

Andrew Abbott

University of Chicago Press

Kuhn’s overall citation data over fifty years show that while his model of scientific change still commands attention in his heartland fields, his book has mostly become a generic citation for the fact that general idea patterns change gradually over time. That only 6% of these 15,635 citations included references to specific pages (a proportion that fell from 14% at the outset to 3% more recently), indicates that detail of scholarly reading has declined consistently over time and that in all probability many or even most of the current citers of the book have not read it. The chapter closes with reflections on three scholarly ideals for non-cumulative sciences: bounded recurrence times, plurality, and plenitude.

Keywords:   Kuhn, citation, paradigm, reading, scholarly ideals, cumulation

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