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Paradigms and Barriers
Author: Howard Margolis

ISBN: 9780226505237
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 17 December 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.2 x 1.6
Description:
In "Paradigms and Barriers" Howard Margolis offers an
innovative interpretation of Thomas S. Kuhn's landmark idea
of "paradigm shifts," applying insights from cognitive
psychology to the history and philosophy of science.
Building upon the arguments in his acclaimed "Patterns, "
"Thinking, and Cognition," Margolis suggests that the
breaking down of particular habits of mind--of critical
"barriers"--is key to understanding the processes through
which one model or concept is supplanted by another.
Margolis focuses on those revolutionary paradigm shifts--
such as the switch from a Ptolemaic to a Copernican
worldview--where challenges to entrenched habits of mind
are marked by incomprehension or indifference to a new
paradigm. Margolis argues that the critical problem for a
revolutionary shift in thinking lies in the robustness of the
habits of mind that reject the new ideas, relative to the
habits of mind that accept the new ideas.
Margolis applies his the...

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