Vienna Circle Institute Library

Appraising Lakatos

Mathematics, Methodology, and the Man

Editors: Kampis, György, Kvasz, Ladislav, Stoeltzner, Michael (Eds.)

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Imre Lakatos (1922-1974) was one of the protagonists in shaping the "new philosophy of science". 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 Györgyi Lukács' 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.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • The Propositional Content of the Popper-Lakatos Rift

    Watkins, John

    Pages 3-12

  • Lakatos’ Criticisms Of Popper

    Gillies, Donald

    Pages 13-22

  • Professor Lakatos Between the Hegelian Devil and the Popperian Deep Blue Sea

    Motterlini, Matteo

    Pages 23-52

  • Explaining Scientific Progress: Lakatos’ Methodological Account of Kuhnian Patterns of Theory Change

    Carrier, Martin

    Pages 53-71

  • Lakatos, Reason and History

    Forrai, Gábor

    Pages 73-83

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Appraising Lakatos
Book Subtitle
Mathematics, Methodology, and the Man
Editors
  • György Kampis
  • Ladislav Kvasz
  • Michael Stoeltzner
Series Title
Vienna Circle Institute Library
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-0769-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-0769-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-0226-7
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-5922-2
Series ISSN
1571-3083
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 382
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