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Popper and his popular critics : Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend and Imre Lakatos

Author: Joseph Agassi
Publisher: New York : Springer, [2014] ©2014
Series: SpringerBriefs in philosophy.
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This volume examines Popper's philosophyby analyzingthe criticismofhis most popular critics:Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend and Imre Lakatos. They all followedhisrejection of the traditional view of science as inductive. Starting from the assumption that Hume's criticism of induction is valid, the book explores the central criticism and objections that these three critics have raised.Their objections have met with  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Named Person: Karl R Popper; Thomas S Kuhn; Paul Feyerabend; Imre Lakatos; Karl Raimund Popper; Thomas S Kuhn; Paul Feyerabend; Imre Lakatos; Paul Feyerabend; Thomas S Kuhn; Imre Lakatos; Karl R Popper
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Agassi
ISBN: 9783319065878 3319065874 3319065866 9783319065861
OCLC Number: 880312384
Notes: Title from PDF title page (viewed on May 20, 2014).
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introduction --
Preface --
Acknowledgement --
A. Prelims --
A1. On Human Rules about God's World A2. In search for Rules --
A3. Rules against Mock-Criticism --
A4. Rules against excessive defensiveness --
A5. Against the Bouncers in the Gates of Science.- A5. Duhem, Quine and Kuhn --
B. Popper and his Popular Critics.- B1. Karl Raimund Popper B2. Kuhn's Way --
B3. Feyerabend's Proposal B4. Imre Lakatos --
B5. A Touch of Malice --
C. In a Nutshell --
C1.The Essential Popper --
C2. Kuhn on Pluralism and Incommensurability --
C3. Paul Feyerabend and Rational Pluralism --
C4. Lakatos on the Methodology of Scientific Research Programs --
C5. Epilogue: Civilization and its Self-Defense --
D. References --
D1. Appendix 1: The Biological Base of Dogmatism.-D2. Appendix 2: Popper on Explanation --
D3. Bibliography --
D4. Index of names --
D5. Index of Subjects. .
Series Title: SpringerBriefs in philosophy.
Responsibility: Joseph Agassi.

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This volume examines Popper's philosophyby analyzingthe criticismofhis most popular critics:Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend and Imre Lakatos. They all followedhisrejection of the traditional view of science as inductive. Starting from the assumption that Hume's criticism of induction is valid, the book explores the central criticism and objections that these three critics have raised.Their objections have met with great success, are significant and deserve paraphrase. One alsomay consider them reasonable protests against Popper's high standards rather thanfundamental criticisms of his philosophy.The book starts out with a preliminary discussion of some central background material and essentials of Popper's philosophy. It ends with nutshell representations of the philosophies of Popper. Kuhn, Feyerabend and Lakatos. The middle section of the book presents the connection between these philosophers and explains what their central ideas consists of, what the critical arguments are, how they presented them, and how valid they are. In the process, the author claims that Popper's popular critics used against him arguments that he had invented (and answered) without saying so. They differ from him mainly in that they demanded of all criticism that it should be constructive: do not stop believing a refuted theory unless there is a better alternative to it. Popper hardly ever discussed belief, delegating its study to psychology proper; he usually discussed only objective knowledge, knowledge that is public and thus open to public scrutiny.

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