Logic of discovery or psychology of invention?

Foundations of Physics 22 (2):187-203 (1992)
  Copy   BIBTEX


It is noted that Popper separates the creation of concepts, conjectures, hypotheses and theories—the context of invention—from the testing thereof—the context of justification—arguing that only the latter is susceptible of rigorous logical analysis. Efforts on the part of others to shift or eradicate the demarcation established by this distinction are discussed and the relationship of these considerations to the claims of “strong artificial intelligence” is pointed out. It is argued that the mode of education of scientists, as well as reports of celebrated scientists, support Popper's judgement in this matter. An historical episode from Faraday's later career is used to illustrate the historiographical strength of Lakatos' “methodology of research programs.”



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 83,980

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Discovery and its logic: Popper and the "friends of discovery".Claude Savary - 1995 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 25 (3):318-344.
Is it justifiable to abandon all search for a logic of discovery?Mehul Shah - 2007 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 21 (3):253 – 269.
Artificial Intelligence, Psychology, and the Philosophy of Discovery.Paul Thagard - 1982 - PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1982:166 - 175.
The Logics of Discovery in Popper’s Evolutionary Epistemology.Mehul Shah - 2008 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 39 (2):303 - 319.
Logic of discovery or psychology of invention?Elie Zahar - 1983 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 34 (3):243-261.
System-problems in Kant.Zelko Loparic - 1988 - Synthese 74 (1):107 - 140.
Ronald E. Merrill and the Discovery of Ayn Rand's Nietzschean Period.Adam Reed - 2009 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 10 (2):313 - 328.
A.I., Scientific discovery and realism.Mario Alai - 2004 - Minds and Machines 14 (1):21-42.
Local and normative rationality of science: The 'content of discovery' rehabilitated. [REVIEW]Peter P. Kirschenmann - 1991 - Journal for General Philosophy of Science / Zeitschrift für Allgemeine Wissenschaftstheorie 22 (1):61-72.


Added to PP

31 (#405,156)

6 months
1 (#509,414)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

James Woodward
University of Pittsburgh

References found in this work

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.Thomas S. Kuhn - 1962 - Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. Edited by Ian Hacking.
The logic of scientific discovery.Karl Raimund Popper - 1934 - New York: Routledge. Edited by Hutchinson Publishing Group.
Criticism and the growth of knowledge.Imre Lakatos & Alan Musgrave (eds.) - 1970 - Cambridge [Eng.]: Cambridge University Press.
The emperor’s new mind.Roger Penrose - 1989 - Oxford University Press.

View all 15 references / Add more references