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  1. Reconstructing Lakatos: A Reassessment of Lakatos’ Epistemological Project in the Light of the Lakatos Archive.Matteo Motterlini - 2002 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 33 (3):487-509.
    Based on the material in the Lakatos Archive, this paper reconstructs, and then re-assesses, Lakatos’ epistemological project by placing it in the context of the debate on the role of reason in the history of science, and of the justification of rationality as a normative notion. It is claimed that Lakatos’ most fruitful ideas come from a peculiar philosophical combination of Hegelian historicism and Popperian fallibilism. The original tension, however, cannot be ultimately resolved. As a consequence, the problems that Lakatos (...)
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  • How Can a Taxonomy of Stances Help Clarify Classical Debates on Scientific Change?Barseghyan Hakob & Shaw Jamie - 2017 - Philosophies 2 (4):24-0.
    In this paper, we demonstrate how a systematic taxonomy of stances can help elucidate two classic debates of the historical turn—the Lakatos–Feyerabend debate concerning theory rejection and the Feyerabend–Kuhn debate about pluralism during normal science. We contend that Kuhn, Feyerabend, and Lakatos were often talking at cross-purposes due to the lack of an agreed upon taxonomy of stances. Specifically, we provide three distinct stances that scientists take towards theories: acceptance of a theory as the best available description of its domain, (...)
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