The Methodology of Scientific Research


in Theory and Meaning

Published in print December 1979 | ISBN: 9780198245858
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680908 | DOI:
The Methodology of Scientific Research

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This chapter turns away from meanings and considers Lakatos's ‘methodology of scientific research programmes’. After making various criticisms and corrections, it is argued that the resulting methodology is, and can be justified as, a satisfactory account of how to choose between scientific views. However, this account is not so much independent of meanings as implicitly committed to a holist view thereof.

Keywords: Lakatos; scientific research programmes; holism; meanings

Chapter.  12765 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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