Progress and Rationality in Science

  • Gerard Radnitzky
  • Gunnar Andersson

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 58)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. The LSE Position

  4. Reflections on the LSE Position

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Adolf Grünbaum
      Pages 117-142
    3. Hans Albert
      Pages 203-220
    4. Noretta Koertge
      Pages 253-278
    5. Gunnar Andersson
      Pages 291-310
    6. Heinz Post
      Pages 311-318
  5. The LSE Reply

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 319-319
    2. Back Matter
      Pages 379-388
  6. Two Brief Rejoinders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 385-385
    2. Paul Feyerabend
      Pages 387-392
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 397-427

About this book


This collection of essays has evolved through the co-operative efforts, which began in the fall of 1974, of the participants in a workshop sponsored by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. The idea of holding one or more small colloquia devoted to the topics of rational choice in science and scientific progress originated in a conversation in the summer of 1973 between one of the editors (GR) and the late Imre Lakatos. Unfortunately Lakatos himself was never able to see this project through, but his thought-provoking methodology of scientific research programmes was ably expounded and defended by his successors. Indeed, this volume continues and deepens the debate inaugurated in Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge (edited by Imre Lakatos and Alan Musgrave), a book which grew out of a conference held in 1965. That debate has continued during the years that have passed since that conference. The group of discussions about the place of rationality in science which have been held between those who emphasize the history of science (with Feyerabend and Kuhn as the most prominent exponents) and the critical rationalists (Popper and his followers), with Imre Lakatos defending a middle ground, these discussions were seen by almost all commentators as the most important event in the philosophy of science in the last decade. This problem area constituted the central theme of our Thyssen workshop. The workshop operated in the following manner.


Karl R. Popper falsification philosophy of science relativism

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerard Radnitzky
    • 1
  • Gunnar Andersson
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität TrierGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-277-0922-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-9866-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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