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The Politics of Paradigms
Thomas S. Kuhn, James B. Conant, and the Cold War “Struggle for Men’s Minds”
The Politics of Paradigms
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George A. Reisch - Author
SUNY series in American Philosophy and Cultural Thought
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 416 pages
Release Date: May 2019
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7367-3

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Uncovers long-ignored political themes—ideology, propaganda, mind control, and Orwellian history—at work within the pages of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

The Politics of Paradigms shows that America’s most famous and influential book about science, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions of 1962, was inspired and shaped by Thomas Kuhn’s political interests, his relationship with the influential cold warrior James Bryant Conant, and America’s McCarthy-era struggle to resist and defeat totalitarian ideology. Through detailed archival research, Reisch shows how Kuhn’s well-known theories of paradigms, crises, and scientific revolutions emerged from within urgent political worries—on campus and in the public sphere—about the invisible, unconscious powers of ideology, language, and history to shape the human mind and its experience of the world.

“This book raises and explores important questions about the ideological background of some of the most important work in the philosophy of science in the twentieth century. It challenges conventional wisdom about the ideological neutrality of that work.” — Peter S. Fosl, author of The Big Lebowski and Philosophy: Keeping Your Mind Limber with Abiding Wisdom

George A. Reisch is managing editor of The Monist and series editor for Open Court Publishing Company’s series Popular Culture and Philosophy.

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