The methodology of scientific research programmes is a collection of papers published over time expressing a radical review of Popper’s demarcation criterion between science and non-science, leading to a new theory of scientific rationality. Volume I address aspects of the philosophy of science, and volume II contains works on the philosophy of mathematics. For a science historian, the reconstruction proposed by Lakatos is attractive and explains the evolution of science to a level that has not been achieved before. The basic evaluation unit proposed by Lakatos is the research programme, and especially the dynamics of these programmes.
Imre Lakatos, The methodology of scientific research programmes – An Overview