Imre Lakatos Quotes, Sayings, Remarks, Thoughts and Speeches

Imre Lakatos Quotes and Sayings

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    Blind commitment to a theory is not an intellectual virtue: it is an intellectual crime. Imre Lakatos | Refcard PDF
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    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. Imre Lakatos | Refcard PDF
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    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. Imre Lakatos | Refcard PDF
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    Indeed, this epistemological theory of the relation between theory and experiment differs sharply from the epistemological theory of naive falsificationism. Imre Lakatos | Refcard PDF
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    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. Imre Lakatos | Refcard PDF
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    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. Imre Lakatos | Refcard PDF
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    Philosophy of science without history of science is empty; history of science without philosophy of science is blind. Imre Lakatos | Refcard PDF
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    Research programmes, besides their negative heuristic, are also characterized by their positive heuristic. Imre Lakatos | Refcard PDF
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    The clash between Popper and Kuhn is not about a mere technical point in epistemology. Imre Lakatos | Refcard PDF
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    The classical example of a successful research programme is Newton's gravitational theory: possibly the most successful research programme ever. Imre Lakatos | Refcard PDF
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    The positive heuristic of the programme saves the scientist from becoming confused by the ocean of anomalies. Imre Lakatos | Refcard PDF
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    There is no falsification before the emergence of a better theory. Imre Lakatos | Refcard PDF






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