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  • Series: Major Conservative & Libertarian Thinkers (Book 14)
  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (June 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826432220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826432223
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,218,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The volumes in this timely series comprise the most comprehensive body of material on conservative and libertarian thought yet published in a single project devoted to the subject. The series will prove an indispensable tool not only for those concerned with the history of political thought but also for those who confront the challenging task of constructing a viable contemporary conservative identity. Professor Meadowcroft had a difficult editorial task, to which he has responded with a judicious choice of thinkers and topics." Noel O'Sullivan, Professor of Political Philosophy, the University of Hull, UK.

"Parvin has packed a lot into a small book, with chapters on Popper'sintellectual biography; his leading ideas in epistemology, politics andthe social sciences; the reception of his ideas on politics; and theircontemporary relevance."
-CriticalRationalism.net


"The volumes in this timely series comprise the most comprehensive body of material on conservative and libertarian thought yet published in a single project devoted to the subject. The series will prove an indispensable tool not only for those concerned with the history of political thought but also for those who confront the challenging task of constructing a viable contemporary conservative identity. Professor Meadowcroft had a difficult editorial task, to which he has responded with a judicious choice of thinkers and topics." Noel O'Sullivan, Professor of Political Philosophy, the University of Hull, UK. 

"Parvin has packed a lot into a small book, with chapters on Popper’sintellectual biography; his leading ideas in epistemology, politics andthe social sciences; the reception of his ideas on politics; and theircontemporary relevance."
-CriticalRationalism.net

About the Author

Philip Parvin is a Lecturer in Politics at Loughborough University, UK. He is a specialist in contemporary political philosophy, in particular issues concerning liberal justice, democracy, and multiculturalism. He has taught politics at a number of universities, including the London School of Economics, where he completed his Doctorate.
Dr Meadowcroft is Lecturer in Public Policy at King's College London and the author of The Ethics of the Market (Palgrave, 2005) and co-author of Rescuing Social Capital from Social Democracy (Institute of Economic Affairs, 2007).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rafe Champion on May 30, 2011
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Continuum Press is printing a series of 20 books on major conservative and libertarian thinkers. The general editor, John Meadowcroft of Kings College, London, notes that Popper does not fit easily into the category of conservative or libertarian, partly due to the nuances in his thinking and partly due to shifts in his position since The Open Society and its Enemies appeared in 1945. Others in the series are Hayek and Buchanan who both explicitly rejected the "conservative" label. It seems that one of the aims of the project is to demonstrate that conservatism does not have to be merely reactive and libertarianism does not have to be a vehicle for anarchism.

Phil Parvin has packed a lot into a small book, covering Popper's intellectual biography; his leading ideas in epistemology, politics and the social sciences; the reception of his ideas on politics; their contemporary relevance. He has adopted a critical stance to avoid hagiography and he may be too receptive to criticism of Popper by the likes of Habermas and the romantic, would-be revolutionary radicals of the 1960s and 1970s. However this approach has helped him to convey a sense of the complexity and also the loose ends in Popper's contribution.

The main impression that comes through in Parvin's account is the contrast between the breadth and depth of Popper ideas and the way that they have been almost completely ignored in academia, after a brief flurry of interest when The Open Society first appeared. In the US the book has been kept in print by a lay readership. It is next to impossible to find Popper or the OSE on course outlines and reading lists in US universities and a citation search for Popper in some leading politics journals turned up a handful of minor references over a period of several decades.
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