Journal for General Philosophy of Science

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 349–368

Verisimilitude and the Dynamicsof Scientific Research Programmes

Authors

  • Jesús P. Bonilla
    • Departamento de Lógica y Filosofía de la CienciaFacultad de FilosofíaU.N.E.D.
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1022415606099

Cite this article as:
Bonilla, J.P. Journal for General Philosophy of Science (2002) 33: 349. doi:10.1023/A:1022415606099

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.

economics of scienceempirical progressepistemic utilityresearch programmesscientific progresstheoretical progressverisimilitude methodonomics

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