New Book by Alumnus K. Brad Wray

Published: November 2, 2021

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Congratulations to K. Brad Wray, associate professor at the Centre for Science Studies at Aarhus University in Denmark, on the publication of his latest book, Kuhn’s Intellectual Path: Charting “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

In this new work, Wray traces the influences on Kuhn as he wrote The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, including his ‘Aristotle epiphany’, his interactions, and his studies of the history of chemistry. Wray then considers the book’s impact on the social sciences, on the history of science, and on the philosophy of science, where the problem of theory change has set the terms of contemporary realism/anti-realism debates. He examines Kuhn’s frustrations with the Strong Programme sociologists’ appropriations of his views, and debunks several popular claims about what influenced Kuhn as he wrote Structure.

Wray earned his BA at the University of Toronto in 1991 (Woodsworth College), completing a specialist in Philosophy and a minor in Political Science.