In Search of a Better World: Lectures and Essays of Thirty Years

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In the course of a life of ninety years Sir Karl can look back on positive changes in the world - the vast reductions in mass poverty, the liberalization of penal systems, the defeat of dictatorships. The search for a better world is never complete, but in spite of two world wars and a long and dangerous cold war, it was not in vain. The essays and lectures collected in this book chart many familiar as well as some less known aspects of Sir Karl's thinking - from his interest in the birth of scientific ...
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In the course of a life of ninety years Sir Karl can look back on positive changes in the world - the vast reductions in mass poverty, the liberalization of penal systems, the defeat of dictatorships. The search for a better world is never complete, but in spite of two world wars and a long and dangerous cold war, it was not in vain. The essays and lectures collected in this book chart many familiar as well as some less known aspects of Sir Karl's thinking - from his interest in the birth of scientific speculation in classical Greece to the destructive effects on the intellect of totalitarianism in twentieth-century states. His discussions range over problems of politics, the history of philosophy and great figures of the Enlightenment such as Voltaire and Kant, and the relation of science and art (in an address given at the 1979 Salzburg festival). The book offers important new insights into the thought of one of the greatest of living philosophers, and into the role of science in our civilization.
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The greatest hits from Viennese-born philosopher Popper's long career. He reflects on the birth of scientific speculation in classical Greece, the relation of art and science, the effects of 20th-century totalitarianism, and other topics. Translated from the German edition (no date noted). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780415087742
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publication date: 10/8/1992
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

A summary by way of a preface
Translator's acknowledgements
Pt. I On knowledge
1 Knowledge and the shaping of reality: the search for a better world 3
2 On knowledge and ignorance 30
3 On the so-called sources of knowledge 44
4 Science and criticism 52
5 The logic of the social sciences 64
6 Against big words (A letter not originally intended for publication) 82
Pt. II On history
7 Books and thoughts: Europe's first publication 99
Appendix: On a little-known chapter of Mediterranean history 107
8 On culture clash 117
9 Immanuel Kant: the philosopher of the Enlightenment (A lecture to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Kant's death) 126
10 Emancipation through knowledge 137
11 Public opinion and liberal principles 151
12 An objective theory of historical understanding 161
Pt. III Von den Neuesten... zusammengestohlen aus Verschiedenem, Diesem und Jenen
13 How I see philosophy (Stolen from Fritz Waismann and from one of the first men to land on the moon) 173
14 Toleration and intellectual responsibility (Stolen from Xenophanes and from Voltaire) 188
15 What does the West believe in? (Stolen from the author of The Open Society) 204
16 Creative self-criticism in science and art (Stolen from Beethoven's sketch books) 223
Appendix 233
Name index 236
Subject index 241
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