PSA 1974 pp 191-213 | Cite as

Evolutionary Rationality

  • Henryk Skolimowski
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 32)


It may sound strange, if not heretical to suggest, as I wish to do, that there is no such thing as the rationality of science. At best we can talk about rationalities of science. Both historically and contemporarily we have used different criteria for explaining and justifying the alleged rationality of science. By giving different criteria for the justification of rationality, we ipso facto constitute different scopes for rationality.


Evolutionary Rationality Scientific Rationality Normative Concept Logical Empiricism Present Science 
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  1. 1.
    On the post mortem of Logical Positivism see especially: John Passmore ‘Logical Positivism’ in which he writes: “Logical Positivism, then, is dead, or as dead as a philosophical movement ever becomes.” The Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Paul Edwards, ed.), Vol. V., p. 56.Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    Thomas Kuhn, ‘Reflections on my Critics,’ in Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge, (Imre Lakatos, ed.), 1970, p. 235.Google Scholar

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Henryk Skolimowski
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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