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The clash between Popper and Kuhn is not about a mere technical point in epistemology.
Research programmes, besides their negative heuristic, are also characterized by their positive heuristic.
Philosophy of science without history of science is empty; history of science without philosophy of science is blind.
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.
It would be wrong to assume that one must stay with a research programme until it has exhausted all its heuristic power, that one must not introduce a rival programme before everybody agrees that the point of degeneration has probably been reached.
Indeed, this epistemological theory of the relation between theory and experiment differs sharply from the epistemological theory of naive falsificationism.
If even in science there is no a way of judging a theory but by assessing the number, faith and vocal energy of its supporters, then this must be even more so in the social sciences: truth lies in power.
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.
Blind commitment to a theory is not an intellectual virtue: it is an intellectual crime.
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