Imre Lakatos's Quotes
Biography of Imre Lakatos
The positive heuristic of the programme saves the scientist from becoming confused by the ocean of anomalies.Tags: Confused, Ocean, Positive
Blind commitment to a theory is not an intellectual virtue: it is an intellectual crime.Tags: Blind, Commitment, Crime
Einstein's results again turned the tables and now very few philosophers or scientists still think that scientific knowledge is, or can be, proven knowledge.Tags: Again, Few, Knowledge
It would be wrong to assume that one must stay with a research programme until it has exhausted all its heuristic power, that one must not introduce a rival programme before everybody agrees that the point of degeneration has probably been reached.Tags: Power, Until, Wrong
Philosophy of science without history of science is empty; history of science without philosophy of science is blind.Tags: History, Philosophy, Science
Research programmes, besides their negative heuristic, are also characterized by their positive heuristic.Tags: Negative, Positive, Research
The clash between Popper and Kuhn is not about a mere technical point in epistemology.Tags: Between, Point, Technical
The classical example of a successful research programme is Newton's gravitational theory: possibly the most successful research programme ever.Tags: Research, Successful, Theory
If even in science there is no a way of judging a theory but by assessing the number, faith and vocal energy of its supporters, then this must be even more so in the social sciences: truth lies in power.Tags: Faith, Power, Truth
Indeed, this epistemological theory of the relation between theory and experiment differs sharply from the epistemological theory of naive falsificationism.Tags: Between, Naive, Theory
Our empirical criterion for a series of theories is that it should produce new facts. The idea of growth and the concept of empirical character are soldered into one.Tags: Character, Growth, Idea
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