Popular Culture and Philosophy

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Rush’s Research Programme

Posted on | February 27, 2012

I’m just perusing Robert Freedman’s Rushvault blog (including a very nice review of some guy’s contribution to Rush and Philosophy) and who should I see but. . .   No, not Ayn Rand: Imre Lakatos, the hungarian philosopher of science and one-time bete noire of Thomas (“mob rule!”) Kuhn.  On the Ph.D. Dissertation page, Freedman’s vault list several dissertations written on Rush.  But I’m still stymied by the nod to Lakatos… unless…. Bingo: Rush is not a paradigm, but a research program. Definitely a progressive one, at that.


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