A natural extension of the methodology of the scientific research programmes of Imre Lakatos

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Both general relativity and quantum mechanics are paradigms in Kuhn’s sense[1]. Both coexist simultaneously. But in Kuhn’s scheme there is no such situation in which two simultaneous paradigms coexist peacefully. Kuhn’s paradigm is defined primarily from a sociological point of … Read More

Lakatos on Dogmatic Falsificationism

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Dogmatic (naturalist) falsificationism accepts the falsifiability of all scientific theories without qualification but preserves an infallible empirical basis. He is strictly empiric without being inductivist: he denies the fact that certainty of the empirical basis can be conveyed to theories. … Read More

Imre Lakatos, The methodology of scientific research programmes – An Overview

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Imre Lakatos (1922-1974) was one of the modern philosophers of science and mathematics. His main contribution to philosophy was the development of the concept of methodology of scientific research programmes and the use of this methodology in the rational reconstruction … Read More

Lakatos on justificationism

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The methodology of scientific research programmes is an improvement of Popper’s demarcation criterion between science and non-science, a theory of scientific rationality. For Popper, a theory is scientific only if it is empirically falsifiable, that is, if it is possible … Read More