Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge: Volume 4: Proceedings of the International Colloquium in the Philosophy of Science, London, 1965 / Edition 1

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Overview

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, with Popper in the chair, at an international colloquium held in London in 1965. The book begins with Kuhn's statement of his position followed by seven essays offering criticism and analysis, and finally by Kuhn's reply. The book will interest senior undergraduates and graduate students of the philosophy and history of science, as well as professional philosophers, philosophically inclined scientists, and some psychologists and sociologists.

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'An interesting and valuable collection of papers.' Nature

'This book is a fascinating example of philosophical debate about issues which should interest any historian of science concerned with scientific method and the philosophy of scientific change.' Philosophy of Science

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521096232
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/2/1970
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Note on the third impression; 1. Logic of discovery of psychology of research? T. S. Kuhn; 2. Against 'Normal Science' J. W. N. Watkins; 3. Does the distinction between normal and revolutionary science hold water? S. E. Toulmin; 4. Normal science, scientific revolutions and the history of science L. Pearce Williams; 5. Normal science and its dangers K. R. Popper; 6. The nature of a paradigm Margaret Masterman; 7. Falsification and the methodology of scientific research programmes I. Lakatos; 8. Consolations for the specialist P. K. Feyerabend; 9. Reflections on my critics T. S. Kuhn; Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2005

    One of the most cited books in academia

    I'm still in the process of reading this book. Professor Kuhn's 'Structure' caused quite a stir in academia expanding beyond the philosophy of science into economics, history etc. Looking it up on the arts and sciences citiation index. Its right up there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2004

    Okay Reference for College Professors

    I got this book on the recommendation of a reviewer of Kuhn's book because I wanted to know the opposing view to his book. Unfortunately, I was greatly disappointed, finding it mostly good for reference, and spotty at that. For whatever flaws it may have, go buy The Structure of Scientific Revolutions instead. Until there is made available a concise summation of the perspective(s) presented here and in other volumes of this work (by the way, why only this volume on Barnes & Noble?), you'll need to be a college professor with lots of time on his/her hands (not to mention a lot of No-Doze) to get much out of this thing.

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