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AIAS Conference

Thomas Kuhn’s Philosophy of Science: In Honour of the 100th Year of his Birth

1-2 June 2022

The conference will honour the 100th year of Thomas Kuhn’s birth, and the 60th anniversary of the publication of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.  Kuhn’s book has had a profound influence on the history, sociology and philosophy of science, and has sold more than 1.2 million copies.  Though best known for popularizing the notion of “paradigm change”, many aspects of the book continue to have an impact on our contemporary understanding of science.

Invited speakers



Wednesday, 1 June

9.00        Welcome and Introductory Remarks

9.15        Jouni-Matti Kuukkanen

                “Thomas Kuhn as a philosopher of history”

10.15     Vasso Kindi

                “Kuhn and the History of Science”

11.15     BREAK

11.30     Hanne Andersen

                “Essential tensions in 21st century science”

12.30     LUNCH

13.30     Paul Hoyningen-Huene

                “Kuhn’s Infamous ‘World Change through Revolutions’ Talk”

14.30     Federica Bocchi

                “Kuhn’s '5th Law of Thermodynamics': Measurement, Uncertainty, and Anomalies”

15.30     BREAK

15.45     Chris Haufe

                ”The Puzzle of Promise”

18.00     DINNER for speakers


Thursday, 2 June 

9.00        K. Brad Wray

                “The Orwellian Dimension of Scientific Progress”

10.00     Vincenzo Politi

                “Thomas Kuhn's view on scientific theories”

11.00     BREAK

11.15     Markus Seidel

                “Kuhn, the Strong Programme, and Fleck: Differences and Similiarities”

12.15     LUNCH

13.15     Juan V Mayoral

                “Kuhn after Structure: The Princeton Years, 1964-1979”

14.15     Jonathan Tsou

                “The Demise of Logical Empiricism and the Ambiguous Legacy of Kuhn’s Structure for Normative Philosophy of Science”

15.15     BREAK

15.30     Jamie Shaw

                “The Impact of Science Funding Policy on Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific


16.30     Closing remarks


The conference is open for all. There is a conference fee of Euro 35,- (or DKK 250,-) for non-presenters. The conference fee covers the cost of coffee, lunches etc. at the conference.

Click here for registration.

Registration closes May 25, 2022.  


The conference is co-funded by:

Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Aarhus University and

The Carlsberg Foundation