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Karl Popper: Critical Appraisals Hardcover – December 3, 2004

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ISBN-13: 978-0415319706 ISBN-10: 0415319706 Edition: 1st

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'an excellent book and all contributors are highly qualified' - Metapsychology Online Book Reviews

About the Author

Graham Macdonald is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Philip Catton is Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415319706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415319706
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rafe Champion on May 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
Most of the eleven papers in this collection were delivered at the Popper Centenary conference in New Zealand in July 2002, in the city were Popper wrote The Open Society and its Enemies sixty years ago. Some of the contributors were fresh (actually a little jet-lagged) from the Vienna Conference a few days before.

Alan Musgrave describes how Popper (might have) solved the problem of induction, though what he actually achieved was not a solution but an explanation that the problem is rather like the problem of building a perpetual motion machine, insoluble and not a barrier to progress.

Semiha Akini explained how Popper's conventionalism is different from that of Duhem and Pioncare because it points to the indispensable role of conventions in the methods of science and it does not underwrite decisions about the content or truth of theories. A reference to Jarvie's latest book on the role of conventions or rules of the game of science would have supported this case.

Phillip Catton undertook some really interesting and fine grained criticism of Popper's "conjecture and refutation" methodology with reference to Harvey's work on the role of the heart, Wegener on Continental Drift, Newton and the Einstein's early work. The gist of his argument is that these developments were "rational in ways that Popper ill equips us to fathom". I suspect that this criticism may not be as telling as he believes, for example finding out that Newton was a fallibilist hardly unsettles Popper's theory of conjectural knowledge, though it may correct some ideas that Popper and others had about Newton.

Wenceslao J Gonzalez discussed the many faces of Popper's methodological approach to prediction, with some reference to economics.
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