Whorfian variations on Kantian themes: Kuhn's linguistic turn

Irzik G., Grunberg T.

STUDIES IN HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE, no.2, pp.207-221, 1998 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


Thomas Kuhn's post-1980 writings have increasingly emphasized the role played by language in the characterization of scientific revolutions and incommensurability. We argue that Kuhn's 'linguistic turn' can be understood best against the background of a Whorfian conception of language and certain neo-Kantian themes. While this enables Kuhn to refine and unify his earlier views, it also creates some difficulties. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved