Khn And Descartes Way Of Knowing

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Reflection prompt #3
Tareque Mehdi
EDUC 800 Ways of Knowing

Imagine a conversation between Kuhn and Descartes: what would Kuhn say to Descartes about his Discourse? Many have argued that Descartes created a scientific revolution. Does it meet Kuhn’s attributes? Why or why not? Additionally, note what specifically about Kuhn’s perspective helps you understand how we come to know?

If I imagine a conversation between Kuhn and Descartes, upon closely looking at their publications, I believe Kuhn would disagree on several of his discourses with Descartes. Using his idea of paradigm, Kuhn helped bring the philosophy of science closer to the history of science. On the other hand, Descartes’ way of knowing is based on experience and influenced by deductive reasoning to lead to the
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Their publications ‘Discourse on Method’ (Descartes), and ‘The Structure of Scientific Revolution’ (Kuhn). After reading these, I felt they both had a significant influence on the philosophy of science but with disparate conflicts between their discourses. Descartes spoke about experience-based way of knowing which takes help of deductive reasoning to develop ideas whereas, Kuhn mentioned about a paradigm shift; which is a fundamental change in the basic concepts and experimental practices of a scientific discipline.
The French philosopher; Descartes believed in scientific truth and wanted to be certain of his knowledge. His approach has been very systematic and analytical as he explained to acquire knowledge by breaking the whole into different simple components. Looking at this article closely, I found that during his young age, the way of knowing was through authority. But he learned nothing from that. Therefore, he realized that firstly he needed to gather foundational knowledge by doubting everything until reached the bottom line that the person who doubts

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