The Paranoid Style in American History of Science

George Reisch

Abstract


Historian Richard Hofstadter’s observations about American cold-war politics are used to contextualize Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and argue that substantive claims about the nature of scientific knowledge and scientific change found in Structure were adopted from this cold-war political culture

Keywords


Thomas S. Kuhn; The Structure of Scientific Revolutions; Richard Hofstadter; “The Paranoid Style in American Politics;” Cold War; James B. Conant; Brainwashing

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1387/theoria.6273