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Popper's Open Society After Fifty Years Paperback – August 29, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0415290678 ISBN-10: 0415290678 Edition: 0th

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Editorial Reviews


The Prague conference on the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Open Society and its Enemies was both intellectually challenging and emotionally stirring, It is appropriate that it should be commemorated.
–George Soros

Karl Popper is surely the most celebrated of modern philosophers- literally. [This book] marks the fiftieth anniversary of his best known and most criticized work.
Philosophy of the Social Sciences

The articles in the book make exciting reading...Readers who know Popper primarily through the philosophy of science will be especially enlightened as they read about this philosopher's concern with the very practical issues of politics and society.
Essays in Philosophy

About the Author

Ian Jarvie is Distinguished Research Professor at York University, Toronto and was assistant to Karl Popper 1959-60. Sandra Pralong is Regional Communications and Publications Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme in Bratislava, and the former director of the Open Society Foundation in Romania.
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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (August 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415290678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415290678
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT on July 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
This collection of papers presented at a Symposium held in Prague in 1995 contains also Karl Popper's last interview, where he expresses in a nutshell his vision on our world:

'Churches, philosophers and politicians have failed, but I remain an optimist.'

'Our first task is peace, our second is to see that nobody be hungry, our third is fairly full employment and our fourth is education.'

About empiricism: the decisive point is not observation but expectation. Our expectations are biologically important.'

The papers themselves are a very worth-while read.

David Miller in 'Popper and Tarski': truth = correspondance with the facts

Sandra Pralong in 'Minima Moralia' gives an in depth analysis of the collaps of communism and the aftermath: 'The legacy of communism is not a moral tabula rasa, because communism was a system that encouraged immorality as a way to survive. The new circumstances of postcommunism (liberalism) are more likely to entrench the ethic in which the ends justify the means.'

Mark A. Notturno: In the 'Scientific Institution' the regulative idea of truth has almost be replaced by the regulative idea of power.

Bryan Magee in 'What use is Popper to a practical politician?':

The Popper approach constitutes a programme for practical and rational improvement, in other words 'reform'.

It is a fact that social evils have been perpetrated in our century on a simply stupendous scale. These things could not possibly have been done by people who had adopted 'Minimum avoidable suffering.'

Andrzej Flis in 'The Church as an enemy': (In Poland) the Church can take away our jobs, can harass us, can make the life of the most average family miserable.
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