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Imre Lakatos

There is no falsification before the emergence of a better theory.

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The clash between Popper and Kuhn is not about a mere technical point in epistemology.

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Blind commitment to a theory is not an intellectual virtue: it is an intellectual crime.

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Research programmes, besides their negative heuristic, are also characterized by their positive heuristic.

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The positive heuristic of the programme saves the scientist from becoming confused by the ocean of anomalies.

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Philosophy of science without history of science is empty; history of science without philosophy of science is blind.

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The classical example of a successful research programme is Newton's gravitational theory: possibly the most successful research programme ever.

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Indeed, this epistemological theory of the relation between theory and experiment differs sharply from the epistemological theory of naive falsificationism.

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Einstein's results again turned the tables and now very few philosophers or scientists still think that scientific knowledge is, or can be, proven knowledge.

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Our empirical criterion for a series of theories is that it should produce new facts. The idea of growth and the concept of empirical character are soldered into one.

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