Science and the Open Society: In Defense of Reason and the Freedom of Thought

Science and the Open Society: In Defense of Reason and the Freedom of Thought

by Mark Amadeus Notturno, George Soros
     
 
"It is the best introduction to Popper's work that I have ever read... given the recent deaths of Popper, Gellner and Feyerabend, the time is ripe for a text that shows the future relevance of the Popperian legacy. It's hard to imagine a better book than Notturno's in that respect." Professor Steve Fuller, University of Warwick

Science and the Open Society

Overview

"It is the best introduction to Popper's work that I have ever read... given the recent deaths of Popper, Gellner and Feyerabend, the time is ripe for a text that shows the future relevance of the Popperian legacy. It's hard to imagine a better book than Notturno's in that respect." Professor Steve Fuller, University of Warwick

Science and the Open Society is a clearly argued and easy to read defense of Karl Popper's philosophy by Dr. Mark Notturno, the man whom Popper chose to research and edit his archives. The author argues that Popper's ideas about science and open society are still largely misunderstood in the west, but are now more important than ever in providing inspiration for the people in Central and Eastern Europe and Middle Asia who are struggling to open up their closed societies.

This groundbreaking volume draws together themes from Popper's epistemology and social philosophy - showing, for example, the connections between his distrust of communism and inductivism, his resistance to institutionalized science and logical positivism, and his opposition to intellectual authority and bureaucracy. Notturno discusses Popper's disagreements with Wittgenstein, Freud, Carnap, Gruenbaum and Kuhn, while developing the implications of his view for a wide range of contemporary issues, including politics, education, logic, critical thinking and the history of 20th century philosophy.

Science and the Open Society is written for the general reader in a style that will appeal to philosophers and non-philosophers alike.

Contents
Part 1: The open society and its enemies Part 2: Tolerance, freedom and truth Part 3: Education for an open societyPart 4: Science and the institution Part 5: Induction and demarcation Part 6: Inference and deference Part 7: The meaning of World 3, or why Wittgenstein walked out Part 8: Popper's critique of scientific socialism, or Carnap and his co-workers Part 9: Is Freudian psychoanalytic theory really falsifiable? Part 10: The choice between Popper and Kuhn Epilogue: Index

2000
287 pages

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789639116702
Publisher:
Central European University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1900
Pages:
482
Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 9.01(h) x 1.07(d)

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Steve Fuller
It is the best introduction to Popper's work that I have ever read... given the recent deaths of Popper, Gellner and Feyerabend, the time is ripe for a text that shows the future relevance of the Popperian legacy. It's hard to imagine a better book than Notturno's in that respect.
—Professor Steve Fuller, University of Warwick

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