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Blind commitment to a theory is not an intellectual virtue: it is an intellectual crime. ---->>>

Research programmes, besides their negative heuristic, are also characterized by their positive heuristic. ---->>>

Philosophy of science without history of science is empty; history of science without philosophy of science is blind. ---->>>

The positive heuristic of the programme saves the scientist from becoming confused by the ocean of anomalies. ---->>>

Einstein's results again turned the tables and now very few philosophers or scientists still think that scientific knowledge is, or can be, proven knowledge. ---->>>

It would be wrong to assume that one must stay with a research programme until it has exhausted all its heuristic power, that one must not introduce a rival programme before everybody agrees that the point of degeneration has probably been reached. ---->>>

If even in science there is no a way of judging a theory but by assessing the number, faith and vocal energy of its supporters, then this must be even more so in the social sciences: truth lies in power. ---->>>

The clash between Popper and Kuhn is not about a mere technical point in epistemology. ---->>>

The classical example of a successful research programme is Newton's gravitational theory: possibly the most successful research programme ever. ---->>>

There is no falsification before the emergence of a better theory. ---->>>

Our empirical criterion for a series of theories is that it should produce new facts. The idea of growth and the concept of empirical character are soldered into one. ---->>>

Indeed, this epistemological theory of the relation between theory and experiment differs sharply from the epistemological theory of naive falsificationism. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Hungarian
Born: 11-09, 1922
Birthplace: Debrecen, Hungary
Die: 02-02, 1974
Occupation: Philosopher
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Imre Lakatos (Hungarian: Lakatos Imre [ˈlɒkɒtoʃ ˈimrɛ]; November 9, 1922 – February 2, 1974) was a Hungarian philosopher of mathematics and science, known for his thesis of the fallibility of mathematics and its 'methodology of proofs and refutations' in its pre-axiomatic stages of development, and also for introducing the concept of the 'research programme' in his methodology of scientific research programmes (wikipedia)