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Verisimilitude and the Dynamics of Scientific Research Programmes

Jesús P. Zamora Bonilla
Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie
Vol. 33, No. 2 (2002), pp. 349-368
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25171237
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

Some peculiarities of the evaluation of theories within scientific research programmes (SRPs) and of the assessing of rival SRPs are described assuming that scientists try to maximise an 'epistemic utility function' under economic and institutional constraints. Special attention is given to Lakatos' concepts of 'empirical progress' and 'theoretical progress'. A notion of 'empirical verisimilitude' is defended as an appropriate utility function. The neologism 'methodonomics' is applied to this kind of studies.

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