Kuhn, Coherentism and Perception
Howard Sankey (University of Melbourne)

October 18, 2018, 12:15pm - 2:15pm
School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne, The University of Melbourne

Jim Potter Room/Old Physics
The University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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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”.

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