Kuhn Meets Maslow: The Psychology Behind Scientific Revolutions

Kožnjak, Boris Kuhn Meets Maslow: The Psychology Behind Scientific Revolutions. Journal for General Philosophy of Science, 48. pp. 257-287. ISSN 0925-4560

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Abstract

In this paper, I offer a detailed reconstruction and a critical analysis of Abraham Maslow’s neglected psychological reading of Thomas Kuhn’s famous dichotomy between ‘normal’ and ‘revolutionary’ science, which Maslow briefly expounded four years after the first edition of Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, in his small book The Psychology of Science: A Reconnaissance (1966), and which relies heavily on his extensive earlier general writing in the motivational and personality psychology. Maslow’s Kuhnian ideas, put forward as part of a larger program for the psychology of science, outlined already in his 1954 magnum opus Motivation and Personality, are analyzed not only in the context of Kuhn’s original ‘psychologizing’ attitude toward understanding the nature and development of science, but also in a broader historical, intellectual and social context.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Depositing User: Institut za filozofiju
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2018 13:35
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2018 13:35
URI: http://eprints.ifzg.hr/id/eprint/814

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