Appraising Lakatos

Appraising Lakatos

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Imre Lakatos (1922-1974) was one of the protagonists in shaping the qnew philosophy of scienceq. More than 25 years after his untimely death, it is time for a critical re-evaluation of his ideas. His main theme of locating rationality within the scientific process appears even more compelling today, after many historical case studies have revealed the cultural and societal elements within scientific practices. Recently there has been, above all, an increasing interest in Lakatos' philosophy of mathematics, which emphasises heuristics and mathematical practice over logical justification. But suitable modifications of his approach are called for in order to make it applicable to modern axiomatised theories. Pioneering historical research in England and Hungary has unearthed hitherto unknown facts about Lakatos' personal life, his wartime activities and his involvement in the political developments of post-war Europe. From a communist activist committed to GyAprgyi LukAics' thinking, Lakatos developed into a staunch anti-Marxist who found his intellectual background in Popper's critical rationalism. The volume also publishes for the first time a part of his Debrecen Ph.D. thesis and it is concluded by a bibliography of his Hungarian writings.The first point a sociologist of knowledge might make on hearing the term is that its transmission sounds a lot like indoctrination, ... A further point for those who take rationality to be at stake when choices are to be made in specific problem situations is whether ... As I argue elsewhere (Corfield, 1998), his ideas require some radical recasting to have a hope of working. ... 206 7), they are in accord over this.

Title:Appraising Lakatos
Author: George Kampis, Ladislav Kvasz, Michael Stöltzner
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2002-03-31

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