paradigm shift


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paradigm shift

n
(Philosophy) a radical change in underlying beliefs or theory
[C20: coined by T.S. Kuhn (1922–96), US philosopher of science]
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Somewhat surprisingly he does not see Thomas Kuhn's view, that a new paradigm 'cannot be made logically' but only by a paradigm shift, as contradicting this process.
He illustrates how this theory could facilitate a paradigm shift in biology--from a solely terrestrial to a cosmic science.