History of Science and Its Rational Reconstructions

@article{Lakatos1970HistoryOS,
  title={History of Science and Its Rational Reconstructions},
  author={I. Lakatos},
  journal={PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association},
  year={1970},
  volume={1970},
  pages={91 - 136}
}
  • I. Lakatos
  • Published 1970
  • Sociology
  • PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
“Philosophy of science without history of science is empty; history of science without philosophy of science is blind”. Taking its cue from this paraphrase of Kant’s famous dictum, this paper intends to explain how the historiography of science should learn from the philosophy of science and vice versa. It will be argued that (a) philosophy of science provides normative methodologies in terms of which the historian reconstructs ‘internal history’ and thereby provides a rational explanation of… Expand
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