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The Establishment of Truth depended on a Lexicon

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2013, (52), pp.131-150
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : June 25, 2013
  • Accepted : August 16, 2013

LEE SANG WON 1

1숙명여자대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

‘The Road since Structure’ published in 1991 seems to be the paper which shows his final philosophical position. I will discuss the philosophical view he shows in that paper. He, in his paper, treats rationality, relativism, realism,truth, and incommensurability. The word which plays a key role in his argument is incommensurability. In order to discuss incommensurability, Kuhn introduces and uses concepts such as ‘lexicon’ and ‘lexical taxonomy’. Lexicon is actually identical, in its meaning, with paradigm which he had been using. In ‘The Road since Structure’, Kuhn is supposed to defend accurately the concept of incommensurability. While he hold the possibility of lexicon-dependent truth, he denies the correspondence theory of truth and foundationalism. He interprets Hacking’s ‘styles of scientific reasoning’ as a similar view to his own view of lexicon-dependent truth, but here Kuhn’s some misunderstanding on Hacking’position intervenes. Eventually, Kuhn’s final philosophical position is not different from his prior position. Rather, we should say that he is intensifying his prior position.

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