Popper Selections / Edition 1

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These excerpts from the writings of Sir Karl Popper are an outstanding introduction to one of the most controversial of living philosophers, known especially for his devastating criticisms of Plato and Marx and for his uncompromising rejection of inductive reasoning. David Miller, a leading expositor and critic of Popper's work, has chosen thirty selections that illustrate the profundity and originality of his ideas and their applicability to current intellectual and social problems. Miller's introduction demonstrates the remarkable unity of Popper's thought and briefly describes his philosophy of critical rationalism, a philosophy that is distinctive in its emphasis on the way in which we learn through the making and correcting of mistakes.

Popper has relentlessly challenged both the authority and the appeal to authority of the most fashionable philosophies of our time. This book of selections from his nontechnical writings on the theory of knowledge, the philosophy of science, metaphysics, and social philosophy is imbued with his emphasis on the role and by reason in exposing and eliminating the errors among them.

This book brings us a sampling of the critical rationalism of Sir Karl over subjects ranging from political philosophy, scientific philosophy, and logic.

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The Washington Post
These pieces taken from Anglo-Austrian philosopher Sir Karl Popper's brilliantly expounded oeuvre of political, social, and scientific thought should stimulate anyone seriously interested in twentieth-century ideas.
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"These pieces taken from Anglo-Austrian philosopher Sir Karl Popper's brilliantly expounded oeuvre of political, social, and scientific thought should stimulate anyone seriously interested in twentieth-century ideas."The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691020310
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1985
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 328,401
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction 9
Part I Theory of Knowledge
1 The Beginnings of Rationalism (1958) 25
2 The Defence of Rationalism (1945) 33
3 Knowledge without Authority (1960) 46
4 Knowledge: Subjective versus Objective (1967) 58
5 Evolutionary Epistemology (1973) 78
6 Two Kinds of Definitions (1945) 87
7 The Problem of Induction (1953, 1974) 101
8 The Problem of Demarcation (1974) 118
Part II Philosophy of Science
9 Scientific Method (1934) 133
10 Falsificationism versus Conventionalism (1934) 143
11 The Empirical Basis (1934) 152
12 The Aim of Science (1957) 162
13 The Growth of Scientific Knowledge (1960) 171
14 Truth and Approximation to Truth (1960) 181
15 Propensities, Probabilities, and the Quantum Theory (1957) 199
Part III Metaphysics
16 Metaphysics and Criticizability (1958) 209
17 Realism (1970) 220
18 Cosmology and Change (1958) 226
19 Natural Selection and Its Scientific Status (1977) 239
20 Indeterminism and Human Freedom (1965) 247
21 The Mind-Body Problem (1977) 265
22 The Self (1977) 276
Part IV Social Philosophy
23 Historicism (1936) 289
24 Piecemeal Social Engineering (1944) 304
25 The Paradoxes of Sovereignty (1945) 319
26 Marx's Theory of the State (1945) 326
27 Individualism versus Collectivism (1945) 338
28 The Autonomy of Sociology (1945) 345
29 The Rationality Principle (1967) 357
30 Against the Sociology of Knowledge (1945) 366
Notes 379
Editorial Note, Sources, and Acknowledgements 462
Bibliography 467
Index of Names 471
Index of Subjects 476
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