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Reviving Thomas S. Kuhn’s ‘the structure of scientific revolution’ in a‘post-paradigmatic’ context

Dafne Vidanec orcid id ; University of Applied Sciences Baltazar Zapresic, Zaprešić, Croatia

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In this paper the author deals with the key concept of Thomas S. Kuhn’s ‘The Structure of Scientific Revolutions’ regarding its relevance for understanding ontological foundations of the ‘COVID-19 phenomenon’ within the context of public discourse. The motive of the investigation is nicely summed up in the formulation that the ‘COVID-19 phenomenon’ reminds us of Kuhn: due to the popularity of its insights still, 50 years after the publication of his essay, it has a great impact on understanding certain issues attached to the role of science in the 21st century. In a certain way, according to its methodological structure, the whole essay might be seen as a universal taxonomy applied to science in general. The article explores the hermeneutical provenance of the issue, and uses Heidegger’s famous ‘not yet thinking’ axiom as the epistemological basis for Kuhn’s anticipatory explanation of the ‘COVID-19 phenomenon’. The opening section announces this theme. In the ‘Pre-contextualized assumptions’ of the discussion, the author shapes a discursive context for the ‘COVID-19 phenomenon’ as Heideggerian pragmata to the (German word) ‘Sorge’ concept referred to in Kuhn’s essay on scientific revolutions. The second section focuses on conceptual peculiarities and themes concerning ‘The Structure of Scientific Revolutions’. The meaning of crises and the paradigm concept is broadly explained in the last chapter, and partly continues in the conclusion.


Thomas Samuel Kuhn; ‘The Structure of Scientific Revolutions’; Paradigm; COVID-19 Phenomenon; Martin Heideg-ger; Sorge; Viruses.

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