<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Read (Rupert) & Sharrock (Wes) - Thomas Kuhn's Misunderstood Relation to Kripke-Putnam Essentialism (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7411.htm">Thomas Kuhn's Misunderstood Relation to Kripke-Putnam Essentialism</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/R/Author_Read (Rupert).htm">Read (Rupert)</a> & <A HREF = "../../Authors/S/Author_Sharrock (Wes).htm">Sharrock (Wes)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Journal for General Philosophy of Science; Jun2002, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p151, 8p</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=200><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_07/PaperSummary_7411.htm">Paper Summary</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>EBSCOHost Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">Kuhn's `taxonomic conception' of <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">natural kinds</A><SUP>1</SUP> enables him to defend and re-specify the notion of incommensurability against the idea that it is reference, not meaning/use, that is overwhelmingly important. Kuhn's ghost still lacks any reason to believe that referentialist essentialism undercuts his central arguments in SSR  and indeed, any reason to believe that such essentialism is even coherent, considered as a doctrine about anything remotely resembling our actual science. The actual relation of Kuhn to Kripke-Putnam essentialism, is as follows: Kuhn decisively undermines it  drawing upon the inadequacies of such essentialism when faced with the failure of attempts to instantiate in history or contemporaneously its <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_32.htm">`thought-experiment</A><SUP>2</SUP>'  and leaves the field open instead for his own more `realistic', deflationary way of thinking about the operation of <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_27.htm">`natural kinds</A><SUP>3</SUP>' in science.</ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T06:58" pubdate>02/08/2018 06:58:45</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>