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  • Series: In Defence of Science and Rationality
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (January 25, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415135559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415135559
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...designed primarily to communicate Popper's philosophical ideas to a wider audience of interested scientists and educated lay persons. . ..
Teaching Philosophy, December 1995

Whether he is discussing physics, sociology, history, or political theory, Popper's basic concern is to develop a model of scientific rationality and to show how it is not only a theory of knowledge but also an attitude towards human life, human morals, and democracy.
Teaching Philosophy, December 1994

...this volume would be very useful in introductory courses in the philosophy of science and science studies.
Teaching Philosophy, December 1995 ...an inportant collection that no one interested in Popper's philosophy can afford to

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Luc REYNAERT on May 26, 2008
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Besides clearly explaining Popper's well-known positions on the distinction between scientific and non-scientific propositions, testing possibilities for falsifications of theories or piecemeal adaptations of social systems, this book constitutes the burial of the Frankfurter Schule (Adorno, Habermas, Horkheimer).
By the way, non-scientific propositions are not meaningless (e.g., music, literature, myths).
Science probably began with myths, superstitions and prejudices.

K.R. Popper rejects the myth of the framework, `the doctrine of the impossibility of mutual understanding between different cultures, generations or historical periods, even within science, even within physics.'
Critical reasoning and open discussions (`without killing any authors or burning books') should always be allowed and be the bacon of all our theories about and solutions of practical and theoretical problems. `Man has achieved the possibility of being critical of his own tentative trials, of his own theories.'

Frankfurter Schule
Popper torpedoes the Critical Theory of the Frankfurter Schule as follows: `Horkheimer rejects, without argument and in defiance of historical facts, the possibility of reforming our so-called `social system'. This amounts to saying: let the present generations suffer and perish - for all we can do is to expose the ugliness of the world we live in, and to heap insults on our oppressors, the bourgeoisie.'
He also lambastes the supreme influence of Hegelianism on German philosophy (`a tradition destructive of intelligence and critical thought'). He sides here with Marx who remarked that `in its mystifying form dialectics became the ruling German fashion.'

This book is a must read for all those interested in philosophy and, of course, for all 'critical' Popper fans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Herbert Gintis on February 1, 2010
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Karl Popper (1902--1994) established a formidable reputation as a philosopher of science. His most famous principle is that a scientific theory must be capable of falsification on the basis of empirical observation. One cannot ever prove a theory is true (induction is defeasible), but a single aberrant observation can prove a theory false, Popper claimed. The world is full of people who deny Popper's insight for one reason or another. For instance, a logician might say, if theory p is falsified by observation o, then theory (not p) is verified by the single observation o. A defender of Popper might say that if p is a theory, then (not p) is not a theory at all, because theories must be expressed by universal quantification, or covering laws, or what have you. Similarly, a historian of science might claim that a single observation never led scientists to chuck a prized theory unless there was available and alternative theory that explained everything the old theory did, plus the new observation.

All this is very interesting to the philosopher, but for with limited tolerance for hair-splitting, Popper holds quite a different significance. Popper was the avowed and indefatigable enemy of Freudian psychology, Hegelian/Marxian philosophy and political theory, and other highly emotive and value-laden ideologies that appealed to True Believers but had no serious roots in the scientific method. If he were alive today, he would be launching his attacks on post-modernism, creationism, and other such drivel that has taken away the rationality of so many smart people in recent years. So, I Love Popper! I'm sure you will love Popper, too, unless you are among decorticate folk who believe that some ideas are just too precious to be subjected to empirical testing.
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Karl Raimund Popper (1902-1994) was an Austrian-British philosopher and professor at the London School of Economics, best-known as a philosopher of science and of political philosophy. He wrote a number of books, such as The Logic of Scientific Discovery, The Open Society and Its Enemies, Vol. 1: The Spell of Plato, The Open Society and Its Enemies, Vol. 2: Hegel, Marx, and the Aftermath, Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography, In Search of a Better World: Lectures and Essays from Thirty Years, The Open Universe: An Argument for Indeterminism From the Postscript to The Logic of Scientific Discovery, etc.

His “Author’s Note” to this 1993 book states, “The essays contained in this volume were originally prepared on different occasions as lectures for non-specialist audiences. As a result, they often contained a résumé of my general approach to philosophy, and they sometimes contained brief discussions of some point taken up at greater length in another essay. This posed something of a problem when bringing them together in this volume.
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