The Problem of Rationality in Science and its Philosophy

On Popper vs. Polanyi The Polish Conferences 1988–89

  • Józef Misiek

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 160)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. D. M. Armstrong
    Pages 45-54
  3. Alain Boyer
    Pages 55-63
  4. Adelino Cattani
    Pages 65-74
  5. Paul M. Churchland
    Pages 75-108
  6. Władysław Krajewski
    Pages 119-123
  7. Józef Misiek
    Pages 125-130
  8. Józef Misiek
    Pages 131-142
  9. Alan Musgrave
    Pages 143-166
  10. Zdzisława Piątek
    Pages 167-174
  11. Jan Werszowiec Płazowski
    Pages 175-193
  12. Marian Przełȩcki
    Pages 195-204
  13. William T. Scott
    Pages 205-214
  14. Michał Tempczyk
    Pages 215-219
  15. John Watkins
    Pages 221-229
  16. Józef Życiński
    Pages 239-252
  17. Józef Życiński
    Pages 253-263
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 265-276

About this book


Rationality of science was the topic of two conferences (held in 1988 and 1989) organized by the Department of Philosophy of Science, Institute of Philosophy, Jagiellonian University. Both conferences included a small group of invited speakers. This book contains a selection of papers presented there. It is intended mainly for specialists in the philosophy of science and scientists interested in philosophy. Students and especially postgraduate students would also benefit from reading it. The first conference, 'Popper, Polanyi and the Notion of Rationality', was held from 1 to 5 October 1988 in Janowice. The second conference, 'The Aim and Rationality of Science', was held in Cracow at the Jagiellonian Univer­ sity, from 4-10 June 1989. The topics of both conferences were inspired by our late friend Dr. Tomasz Kocowski, who many years earlier invited me and my colleagues from the Department to participate in research concerning the problem of creativity, and serve him and other psychologists as methodological advisors. Personal contacts with this intelligent and inquisitive man helped us to realize that we could not fulfill our task while adhering to the received view in the philoso­ phy of science. This experience helped us to see science not only as scientific knowledge but also as a process of research. We then turned our attention to Michael Polanyi, who seemed to provide the philosophy we were looking for.


Karl R. Popper Philosophy of Science evolution idea knowledge objectivity quantum mechanics science

Editors and affiliations

  • Józef Misiek
    • 1
  1. 1.Jagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4206-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-0461-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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