Kuhn, Coherentism and PerceptionHoward Sankey (University of Melbourne)
Jim Potter Room/Old Physics
The University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The talk will explore and further develop the coherentist interpretation of T.S. Kuhn’s epistemology proposed by Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen. Kuukkanen’s coherentist interpretation of Kuhn is not entirely persuasive. But it does merit further exploration. I will argue that Kuhn’s model of scientific theory change has the capacity to withstand the “input” objection that has often been levelled against a coherentist epistemology, namely, that coherentism is unable to account for input from the external world. I will also explore Kuhn’s rejection of what he characterized as a “philosophical paradigm initiated by Descartes” in the context of the coherentist (Sellarsian) rejection of the foundationalist “myth of the given”.