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Hanson's early death removed a brilliant mind who might have developed a truly universal philosophy ...
on 2 September 2014
Kuhn restates and enlarges on the ideas first put forward by N R Hanson, in Patterns of Discovery, published four years earlier. Kuhn shows himself to have digested Hanson's ideas well, but it is arguable to what extent he really improved on them. Hanson's early death removed a brilliant mind who might have developed a truly universal philosophy of science, instead of the incompatible "schools" founded by Popper, Kuhn, Feyerabend and all the rest of them. It is ironic that Hanson is nowadays nearly forgotten, and that the kudos of his ideas accrues to Kuhn, whose acknowledgement of his debt to Hanson was, let us say, muted.