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For and Against Method: Including Lakatos's Lectures on Scientific Method and the Lakatos-Feyerabend Correspondence / Edition 1

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The work that helped establish Paul Feyerabend's fame and notoriety, Against Method, stemmed from Imre Lakatos's challenge: "In 1970 Imre cornered me at a party. 'Paul,' he said, 'you have such strange ideas. Why don't you write them down? I shall write a reply, we publish the whole thing and I promise you—we shall have a lot of fun.'" Lakatos died before he could write his reply, but For and Against Method reconstructs his original counterarguments from his lectures and presents the Lakatos-Feyerabend correspondence that allows us to share the fun two of this century's great philosophers enjoyed in matching their wits and ideas on science, philosophy, and life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226467757
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 837,819
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Imre Lakatos (1922-1974) was professor of logic at the London School of Economics. He was the author of Proofs and Refutations and the two-volume Philosophical Papers. Paul Feyerabend (1924-1994) was educated in Europe and held numerous teaching posts throughout his career. Among his books are Against Method; Science in a Free Society; Farewell to Reason; and Killing Time: The Autobiography of Paul Feyerabend, the last published by the University of Chicago Press.

Paul Feyerabend (1924-1994) was educated in Europe and held numerous teaching posts throughout his career. Among his books are Against Method; Science in a Free Society; Farewell to Reason; and Killing Time: The Autobiography of Paul Feyerabend, the last published by the University of Chicago Press.

Matteo Motterlini is a lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Trento and visiting assistant professor in social and decision sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. He is author of Imre Lakatos: Science, Mathematics, and History.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Dialogue
1. Lectures on Scientific Method, Imre Lakatos
Lecture 1. The Demarcation Problem
Lecture 2. The Theological Nature of Scientific Standards
Lecture 3. Inductivism and Its Historical Myths
Lecture 4. Comparing Demarcation Criteria: Verificationism and Conventionalism
Lecture 5. The Limits of Conventionalism
Lecture 6. Popper and the Rules of the Game of Science
Lecture 7. Falsification and Intellectual Honesty
Lecture 8. The Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes
Editor's Note: The Value of Novelty
2. Theses on Anarchism, Paul Feyerabend
3. The Lakatos-Feyerabend Correspondence (1968-1974)
4. Appendices
Appendix A. On Rearing Scholars, Imre Lakatos
Appendix B. Letters to the Director of the Department of Philosophy, Paul Feyerabend
Appendix C. The Intellectuals' Betrayal of Reason, Imre Lakatos
Appendix D. Letter to His Editors, Imre Lakatos
Imre Lakatos: Biography
Paul Feyerabend: Biography
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