Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge
Lakatos (Imre) & Musgrave (Alan), Eds.
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

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  1. Two books have been particularly influential in contemporary philosophy of science:
    1. "Popper (Karl) - The Logic of Scientific Discovery", and
    2. "Kuhn (Thomas) - The Structure of Scientific Revolutions".
    Both agree upon the importance of revolutions in science, but differ about the role of criticism in its revolutionary growth.
  2. One contributor claims that for Kuhn revolutionary change is a matter of ‘mob-psychology’. Kuhn rejects this interpretation of his position, but insists that ‘whatever scientific progress may be, we must account for it by examining the nature of the scientific group, discovering what it values, what it tolerates, and what it disdains’.
  3. The volume arose out of a symposium on Kuhn’s work, with Popper in the chair, at an international colloquium held in London in 1965. It is not simply a report of the discussion which took place there, for several of the papers have been expanded, written and rewritten between 1965 and 1969.
  4. The book begins with Kuhn’s statement of his position, followed by seven essays offering critiism and analysis, and finally by Kuhn’s reply.
  5. The book will interest senior undergraduates and graduate students of the philosophy and history of science, as well as professional philosophers, philosophically inclined scientists and some psychologists and sociologists.

BOOK COMMENT:

CUP, Third Impression (with corrections), 1974; 1984 reprint. Paperback.



"Feyerabend (Paul) - Consolations for a Specialist"

Source: Lakatos & Musgrave - Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge



"Kuhn (Thomas) - Logic of Discovery or Psychology of Research?"

Source: Lakatos & Musgrave - Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge
COMMENT: Also in "Curd (Martin) & Cover (J.A.) - Philosophy of Science - The Central Issues"



"Kuhn (Thomas) - Reflections on my Critics"

Source: Lakatos & Musgrave - Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge



"Lakatos (Imre) - Falsification and the Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes"

Source: Lakatos & Musgrave - Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge



"Masterman (Margaret) - The Nature of a Paradigm"

Source: Lakatos & Musgrave - Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge



"Pearce Williams - Normal Science, Scientific Revolutions and the History of Science"

Source: Lakatos & Musgrave - Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge



"Popper (Karl) - Normal Science and its Dangers"

Source: Lakatos & Musgrave - Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge



"Toulmin (Stephen) - Does the Distinction between Normal and Revolutionary Science Hold Water?"

Source: Lakatos & Musgrave - Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge



"Watkins (John) - Against 'Normal Science'"

Source: Lakatos & Musgrave - Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge




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