File spoon-archives/marxism2.archive/marxism2_1996/96-07-31.055, message 5

Date: Fri, 12 Jul 1996 00:09:43 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Some Food For Thought

On Wed, 19 Jun 1996 wrote:

> I noted in the obituary section of today's New York Times, that the much
> maligned (at least on this list) Thomas Kuhn had died of cancer, and that
> although he made his name and reputation in the history and philosophy of
> science, his Ph.D. from Harvard was in physics. Interesting...
> Leo 

I am just dropping in from Detroit and the law, where and with which, by
the way, I am having a blast and sticking it to the bosses with glee, and
scanning my e-mail I discovered this, and I can't refraim from comment. I
missed the obit, as I have missed most news this summer, but I'm very
sorry to see it. Thomas Kuhn was my old teacher and one of the great minds
in history and philosophy of science--in fact, in philosophy period--of
this century. He wasn't right about everything, but that's not a
requirement for greatness. (Only I am right about everything and I'm not
great.) Despite some people's snide sniping, his knowledge of modern as
well as historical physics was profound. More importantly, he
reconceptualized the way everyonr thought about science, at least as seen
>from the middle distances of history and philosophy, and about how to do
philosophyof science. His contributions will last for a very long time. We
are all poorer for his death.


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