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Atomism and the Illusion of Crisis: The Danger of Applying Kuhnian Categories to Current Particle Physics

R. E. Hendrick and Anthony Murphy
Philosophy of Science
Vol. 48, No. 3 (Sep., 1981), pp. 454-468
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/186990
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Atomism and the Illusion of Crisis: The Danger of Applying Kuhnian Categories to Current Particle Physics
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Abstract

This paper responds to a recent claim by Shrader-Frechette that current particle physics, with its essentially atomist paradigm, is in a state of Kuhnian crisis. We respond to Shrader-Frechette's claim in two ways: first, we argue directly against much of the evidence used by Shrader-Frechette as indicators of Kuhnian crisis; second, we question Shrader-Frechette's application of Kuhnian categories to current research in general, pointing out the dangers inherent in such an analysis.

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