Scientific Progress, Relativism, and Self-Refutation

Tim McGrew


[0] In the Postscript to the second edition of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Kuhn addresses charges of relativism by exhibiting his notion of scientific progress, a notion he claims is not relativistic. Critics have largely bypassed this as an evasion on Kuhn's part. This essay argues that Kuhn's model of progress does not rescue him from self-refutation charges, and that this criticism can be pressed regardless of whether he embraces global relativism. It concludes by tracing the ongoing controversy regarding Kuhn and relativism to the elusive nature of Kuhn's prose.