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Yeaux Breaux,I've been reading "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions" by Thomas Kuhn recently (which I highly recommend by the way, he made up the word "paradigm" I mean how badass is that). Anyways, it got me thinking: have there been recent revolutions in philosophical thought recently? Do new ideas ever invalidate old ones, or do they just add to this huge ever-growing cluster of philosophical thought? Do philosophers' set of intellectual tools change over time, and what kind of things have metaphilosophers had to say about this kind of stuff? I don't feel like writing more questions to thoroughly cover the breadth of my mental void, but take this wherever you can.Bro, I'm picking up what you're putting down. Kuhn is indeed a badass, and Structure is a great read. I'm on board here, and it's a fucking interesting question. So let's do this.
The short answers are "yes, yes, all the time". The middle of the 20th century was a huge period for revolutions in philosophy; bros were throwing conceptual haymakers left and right. Political philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, no subject was safe.