Lakatos, like Aristotle, Bacon, Descartes, Popper, and many others before him, attempts to answer the questions: What is the scientific method? And what about the scientific method ensures that science is rationally legitimate, or accounts for the supremely rational character of scientific theories? More impressively, he attempts to do so in full awareness of the challenges Kuhn poses to the standard picture of scientific rationality. But has Lakatos really achieved his aims? In your response, place yourself in the position of a practicing scientist who confronts some anomalous data, and answer the following questions: (1) Does Lakatos’s proposed methodology provide any practical guidance to you in how to proceed? (2) If yes, then what guidance does it provide? If no, then why does his methodology fail to provide you with any practical guidance?



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