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Popper Selections / Edition 1
     

Popper Selections / Edition 1

by Karl R. Popper
 

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ISBN-10: 0691020310

ISBN-13: 9780691020310

Pub. Date: 02/01/1985

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

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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.

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ISBN-13:
9780691020310
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1985
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
626,658
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.15(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction9
Part ITheory of Knowledge
1The Beginnings of Rationalism (1958)25
2The Defence of Rationalism (1945)33
3Knowledge without Authority (1960)46
4Knowledge: Subjective versus Objective (1967)58
5Evolutionary Epistemology (1973)78
6Two Kinds of Definitions (1945)87
7The Problem of Induction (1953, 1974)101
8The Problem of Demarcation (1974)118
Part IIPhilosophy of Science
9Scientific Method (1934)133
10Falsificationism versus Conventionalism (1934)143
11The Empirical Basis (1934)152
12The Aim of Science (1957)162
13The Growth of Scientific Knowledge (1960)171
14Truth and Approximation to Truth (1960)181
15Propensities, Probabilities, and the Quantum Theory (1957)199
Part IIIMetaphysics
16Metaphysics and Criticizability (1958)209
17Realism (1970)220
18Cosmology and Change (1958)226
19Natural Selection and Its Scientific Status (1977)239
20Indeterminism and Human Freedom (1965)247
21The Mind-Body Problem (1977)265
22The Self (1977)276
Part IVSocial Philosophy
23Historicism (1936)289
24Piecemeal Social Engineering (1944)304
25The Paradoxes of Sovereignty (1945)319
26Marx's Theory of the State (1945)326
27Individualism versus Collectivism (1945)338
28The Autonomy of Sociology (1945)345
29The Rationality Principle (1967)357
30Against the Sociology of Knowledge (1945)366
Notes379
Editorial Note, Sources, and Acknowledgements462
Bibliography467
Index of Names471
Index of Subjects476

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