Paradigm Change

The terms paradigm and paradigm shift are used inflationarily in science and everyday life, and so there seem to be paradigm shifts in science everywhere. But to what extent is the concept appropriate for disciplines other than physics, at which Kuhn conceived the concept? 

Among other sciences, musicology also claims to be a paradigm-guided discipline. However, it remains to be asked (a) to what extent it makes sense to speak of paradigm-guided research, or (b) whether other explanatory patterns might seem more appropriate for musicology(s) and, above all, (c) what, if any, a modified approach with a more suitable conceptual system might look like.


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