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The Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes

The Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes
Philosophical Papers

Volume 1

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  • Date Published: November 1980
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521280310

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  • Imre Lakatos' philosophical and scientific papers are published here in two volumes. Volume I brings together his very influential but scattered papers on the philosophy of the physical sciences, and includes one important unpublished essay on the effect of Newton's scientific achievement. Volume II presents his work on the philosophy of mathematics (much of it unpublished), together with some critical essays on contemporary philosophers of science and some famous polemical writings on political and educational issues. Imre Lakatos had an influence out of all proportion to the length of his philosophical career. This collection exhibits and confirms the originality, range and the essential unity of his work. It demonstrates too the force and spirit he brought to every issue with which he engaged, from his most abstract mathematical work to his passionate 'Letter to the director of the LSE'. Lakatos' ideas are now the focus of widespread and increasing interest, and these volumes should make possible for the first time their study as a whole and their proper assessment.

    • 2 volumes in one book
    • A lot of previously unpublished work
    • Excellent cross-referency
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    ' … there is an essential unity of theme and purpose running through all the papers collected in these volumes. Many of the papers, even though they have been previously published, are not fully self-contained and can be understood only by reference to others. Their collection and the editors' cross-referencing thus serves the useful purpose of facilitating an assessment of Lakatos' contribution to philosophy.' Philosophical Books

    ' … a well-produced book that every philosopher of science or mathematics will wish to have.' Philosophy

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    • Date Published: November 1980
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521280310
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editors' introduction
    Introduction: science and pseudoscience
    1. Falsification and the methodology of scientific research programmes
    2. History of science and its rational reconstructions
    3. Popper on demarcation and induction
    4. Why did Copernicus's research programme supersede Ptolemy's?
    5. Newton's effect on scientific standards
    References
    Lakatos bibliography
    Indexes.

  • Author

    Imre Lakatos

    Editors

    John Worrall

    Gregory Currie

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