Quote of the Day: Thomas S. Kuhn

I don’t intend to provide daily quotes, but this was one I thought was particularly important. From p. 65 of Thomas S. Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions:

Anomaly appears only against the background provided by the paradigm.

In the study of the Bible and cognate literature, what our paradigm tells us we can expect to find provides the backdrop against which anomalies materialize. What will scholars and scientists do when these anomalies appear? Kuhn states:

They will devise numerous articulations and ad hoc modifications of their theory in order to eliminate any apparent conflict.

In a field inhabited in a large degree by two opposing paradigms, I think awareness of this principle is incredibly important. Thoughts?


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