The history and ideas of critical rationalism: the philosophy of Karl Popper and its implications for OR
Ormerod, R. J.. (2009) The history and ideas of critical rationalism: the philosophy of Karl Popper and its implications for OR. Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol.60 (No.4). pp. 441-460. ISSN 0160-5682Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602573
Critical rationalism is the philosophy developed by Karl Popper during the middle of the 20th century. Popper's approach is based on the naturalistic idea that society has developed through a process of solving problems using trial and error. The natural and social sciences have been born out of such problem solving and progressed by subjecting potential theories to vigorous testing and criticism. Falsified theories are rejected. Popper calls for a society which is conducive to such problem solving, a society which permits bold theorizing followed by unfettered criticism, a society in which there is a genuine possibility of change in the light of criticism: an open society. Popper's ideas provide a doorway for accessing philosophical ideas and debates relevant to OR. For some such as Boothroyd it has proved inspirational, for others such as Ulrich it has provided a critical point of departure.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of the Operational Research Society|
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.|
|Official Date:||April 2009|
|Number of Pages:||20|
|Page Range:||pp. 441-460|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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