Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Objectivity: is a property of determinations about facts. It is assumed that the properties attributed to the facts are determined by the facts and are not, or as little as, influenced by the attributing person. In order to determine whether this requirement is fulfilled, consideration must be given to the methods of access to information. This goes beyond the facts considered.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Hacking I 202
Lakatos/Hacking: what does he want at all? He wants to find a substitute for truth. He is more radical than Putnam. He is no reborn pragmatist. This is in Hegelian tradition, no correspondence.
Yet, like Peirce, he values a scientific objectivity that Hegel denied.
I 204
Objectivity/Knowledge/Lakatos: only afterwards! The only fixed point is that knowledge is increasing. His philosophy ignores the problem of representation.
Lakatos thesis: we can easily see that knowledge is growing, regardless of our views on truth and "reality".
I 205
HackingVsLakatos: there is nothing that has grown steadier and stronger over the centuries than the comments on the Talmud. These comments form the most elaborate texts we know at all! They are far better thought out than just all the texts of the scientific literature. Is this a rational activity according to Lakatos?

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

Laka I
I. Lakatos
The Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes: Volume 1: Philosophical Papers (Philosophical Papers (Cambridge)) Cambridge 1980

Hack I
I. Hacking
Einführung in die Philosophie der Naturwissenschaften Stuttgart 1996

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