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Paradigms and Language

Thomas S. Kuhn’s, The Structure of Scientific Revolution, and its discussion on paradigms include Kuhn’s theories that “two paradigms can coexist peacefully.” and that mere possession of a paradigm does not guarantee a developmental transition. A personal favorite is found early in the book on page 23, “…a paradigm is rarely an object for replication. Instead, like an accepted judicial decision in the common law, it is an object for further articulation and specification under new or more stringent conditions.

An Introductory Guide to Post-Structuralism and Postmodernism by Madan Sarup covered issues such as language, metaphors, deconstruction, dreams, Marxism, and Nietzsche. Sarup wrote, “Lacan insists that we are all immersed in everyday language and cannot get out of it. The idiosyncrasies of languages go on for some time and bring us to this other quote.” Interpreting one’s relation to others is difficult as there is always the possibility of misinterpretations. There is always a gap, misrecognition. One can never be certain of the meaning of the other’s response. The idea of one’s identity but it does not correspond with reality. Language & Symbolic Power by Pierre Bourdieu appear to consider the fact that where you are in society, in gender, in your language, your words, and your communication skills demonstrate political and community recognition.


Bourdieu, Pierre. (1991). Language & Symbolic Power. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press

Kuhn, Thomas S. (1996). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. (3rd Ed.). Chicago: University of  Chicago Press

Lakoff, G. and Johnson M. (1982). Metaphors We Live By. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press

Sarup, Madan. (1993). And Introductory Guide to Post-Structuralism and Postmodernism. (2nd Ed.). Athens, GA:University of Georgia Press


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Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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