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Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge

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Two books have been particularly influential in contemporary philosophy of science: Karl R. Popper's Logic of Scientific Discovery, and Thomas S. Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Both agree upon the importance of revolutions in science, but differ about the role of criticism in science's revolutionary growth. This volume arose out of a symposium on Kuhn's work, ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published November 26th 2004 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1970)
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Sep 12, 2011 Adam added it
read Kuhn's "Logic of Discovery or Psychology of Research," the first essay in this book. On its own, ignoring Kuhn's more sophisticated work elsewhere, it's really pretty weak and unconvincing. Basically, he says Popper is wrong and puzzle-solving distinct from critical discourse, rather than tests, is what maybe could be said to distinguish science from non-science or pseudoscience.

Maybe nails Popper on one or two points, but fails to present anything interesting in its own right.

also read Ku
Feb 16, 2013 B rated it liked it
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This book starts off pretty good, but then the last few authors wind up talking about their own super-abstract ideas rather than talking about Kuhn—and at great length.

Kuhn seems to be its own example of a paradigm. It really seems to standalone and be incommensurate. I wish I could see more engagement like this, but then I also wish this were more engaged.

The first couple of authors (esp. Masterman are very interesting).
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Philosopher of mathematics and science, known for his thesis of the fallibility of mathematics and its 'methodology of proofs and refutations' in its pre-axiomatic stages of development, and also for introducing the concept of the 'research programme' in his methodology of scientific research programmes.
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