The Open Society and Its Enemies (New One-Volume Edition)

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"A work of first-class importance which ought to be widely read for its masterly criticism of the enemies of democracy, ancient and modern."—Bertrand Russell

"Sir Karl Popper was right."—Vclav Havel

"A powerful and important book. Dr. Popper writes with extreme clarity and vigour. His studies in Greek history and Greek thought have obviously been profound and original. Platonic exegesis will never be the same ...

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Overview

"A work of first-class importance which ought to be widely read for its masterly criticism of the enemies of democracy, ancient and modern."—Bertrand Russell

"Sir Karl Popper was right."—Vclav Havel

"A powerful and important book. Dr. Popper writes with extreme clarity and vigour. His studies in Greek history and Greek thought have obviously been profound and original. Platonic exegesis will never be the same again. Nor, I think, will Marxist exegesis."—Gilbert Ryle

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Editorial Reviews

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One of the Modern Library's 100 best nonfiction books of the twentieth century

"Learned, subtly argued, and passionately written."—Sidney Hook, New York Times

"No thinking person would be doing himself a service by neglecting Popper's book."—Joseph Craft, The Nation

"One of the great books of the century."—Times (London)

"Brilliant. . . . It remains the best intellectual defence of liberal democracy."—Economist

"Magnificent."—Hugh Trevor-Roper, Polemic

"Few philosophers . . . have combined such a vast width of knowledge with the capacity to produce important original ideas as [Popper] did."—Guardian

"A major work. Combining the clarity of thought of the trained scientist with lucidity of presentation, Mr. Popper has written an unusually thoughtful and provocative book."—Hans Kohn, Yale Review

New York Times
Learned, subtly argued, and passionately written.
— Sidney Hook
The Nation
No thinking person would be doing himself a service by neglecting Popper's book.
— Joseph Craft
Times
One of the great books of the century.
Economist
Brilliant. . . . It remains the best intellectual defence of liberal democracy.
Polemic
Magnificent.
— Hugh Trevor-Roper
Guardian
Few philosophers . . . have combined such a vast width of knowledge with the capacity to produce important original ideas as [Popper] did.
Yale Review
A major work. Combining the clarity of thought of the trained scientist with lucidity of presentation, Mr. Popper has written an unusually thoughtful and provocative book.
— Hans Kohn
New York Times - Sidney Hook
Learned, subtly argued, and passionately written.
The Nation - Joseph Craft
No thinking person would be doing himself a service by neglecting Popper's book.
Polemic - Hugh Trevor-Roper
Magnificent.
Yale Review - Hans Kohn
A major work. Combining the clarity of thought of the trained scientist with lucidity of presentation, Mr. Popper has written an unusually thoughtful and provocative book.
Time Magazines
One of the great books of the century.
From the Publisher

One of the Modern Library?s 100 best nonfiction books of the twentieth century

"Learned, subtly argued, and passionately written."--Sidney Hook, New York Times

"No thinking person would be doing himself a service by neglecting Popper?s book."--Joseph Craft, The Nation

"One of the great books of the century."--Times (London)

"Brilliant. . . . It remains the best intellectual defence of liberal democracy."--Economist

"Magnificent."--Hugh Trevor-Roper, Polemic

"Few philosophers . . . have combined such a vast width of knowledge with the capacity to produce important original ideas as [Popper] did."--Guardian

"A major work. Combining the clarity of thought of the trained scientist with lucidity of presentation, Mr. Popper has written an unusually thoughtful and provocative book."--Hans Kohn, Yale Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691158136
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/21/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 824
  • Sales rank: 281,845
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Karl Popper (1902-1994) was one of the most important philosophers of the twentieth century. His books include "The Logic of Scientific Discovery", "The Poverty of Historicism, Conjectures and Refutations", and an autobiography, "Unended Quest". He was a professor at the London School of Economics.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION BY ALAN RYAN ix
'PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS OF THE PUBLICATION OF THE OPEN SOCIETY '
BY E.H. GOMBRICH
xxiii
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS xxxv
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION xxxvii
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION xxxix
AUTHOR'S INTRODUCTION xli

VOLUME I: THE SPELL OF PLATO 1
The Myth of Origin and Destiny 5
1 Historicism and the Myth of Destiny 7
2 Heraclitus 10
3 Plato's Theory of Forms or Ideas 17
Plato's Descriptive Sociology 33
4 Change and Rest 35
5 Nature and Convention 55
Plato's Political Programme 81
6 Totalitarian Justice 83
7 The Principle of Leadership 114
8 The Philosopher King 130
9 Aestheticism, Perfectionism, Utopianism 147
The Background of Plato's Attack 159
10 The Open Society and Its Enemies 161
Addenda (1957, 1961, 1965) 190

VOLUME II: THE HIGH TIDE OF PROPHECY 213
The Rise of Oracular Philosophy 217
11 The Aristotelian Roots of Hegelianism 219
12 Hegel and the New Tribalism 242
Marx's Method 291
13 Marx's Sociological Determinism 293
14 The Autonomy of Sociology 301
15 Economic Historicism 311
16 The Classes 321
17 The Legal and the Social System 327
Marx's Prophecy 343
18 The Coming of Socialism 345
19 The Social Revolution 355
20 Capitalism and Its Fate 373
21 An Evaluation of the Prophecy 397
Marx's Ethics 403
22 The Moral Theory of Historicism 405
The Aftermath 417
23 The Sociology of Knowledge 419
24 Oracular Philosophy and the Revolt against Reason 430
Conclusion 463
25 Has History Any Meaning? 465
Addenda (1961, 1965) 485

NOTES 512
NOTES TO VOLUME I 514
NOTES TO VOLUME II 640
INDEX 735

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