Popper and His Popular Critics: Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend and Imre Lakatos by Joseph AgassiPopper and His Popular Critics: Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend and Imre Lakatos by Joseph Agassi

Popper and His Popular Critics: Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend and Imre Lakatos

byJoseph Agassi

Paperback | May 27, 2014

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This volume examines Popper's philosophy by analyzing the criticism of his most popular critics: Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend and Imre Lakatos. They all followed his rejection of the traditional view of science as inductive. Starting from the assumption that Hume's criticism of induction is valid, the book explores the central criticism and objections that these three critics have raised. Their objections have met with great success, are significant and deserve paraphrase. One also may consider them reasonable protests against Popper's high standards rather than fundamental criticisms of his philosophy. The book starts out with a preliminary discussion of some central background material and essentials of Popper's philosophy. It ends with nutshell representations of the philosophies of Popper. Kuhn, Feyerabend and Lakatos. The middle section of the book presents the connection between these philosophers and explains what their central ideas consists of, what the critical arguments are, how they presented them, and how valid they are. In the process, the author claims that Popper's popular critics used against him arguments that he had invented (and answered) without saying so. They differ from him mainly in that they demanded of all criticism that it should be constructive: do not stop believing a refuted theory unless there is a better alternative to it. Popper hardly ever discussed belief, delegating its study to psychology proper; he usually discussed only objective knowledge, knowledge that is public and thus open to public scrutiny.

Title:Popper and His Popular Critics: Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend and Imre LakatosFormat:PaperbackDimensions:158 pagesPublished:May 27, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction.- Preface.- Acknowledgement.- A. Prelims.- A1. On Human Rules about God's World A2. In search for Rules.- A3. Rules against Mock-Criticism.- A4. Rules against excessive defensiveness.- A5. Against the Bouncers in the Gates of Science.- A5. Duhem, Quine and Kuhn.- B. Popper and his Popular Critics.- B1. Karl Raimund Popper B2. Kuhn's Way.- B3. Feyerabend's Proposal B4. Imre Lakatos.- B5. A Touch of Malice.- C. In a Nutshell.- C1. The Essential Popper.- C2. Kuhn on Pluralism and Incommensurability.- C3. Paul Feyerabend and Rational Pluralism.- C4. Lakatos on the Methodology of Scientific Research Programs.- C5. Epilogue: Civilization and its Self-Defense.- D. References.- D1. Appendix 1: The Biological Base of Dogmatism.- D2. Appendix 2: Popper on Explanation.- D3. Bibliography.- D4. Index of names.- D5. Index of Subjects.

Editorial Reviews

"Joseph Agassi has produced a useful, thought-provoking, and entertaining collection of essays on Popper's philosophy and those of his most popular critics. . As a distinctive and provocative perspective on both the personalities and the arguments of Popper, Kuhn, Feyerabend, and Lakatos, Popper and His Popular Critics is a must-read for anyone interested in the defining debates between these celebrated philosophers." (Steven William Clarke, Science and Education, Vol. 25, 2016)