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Popper Selections - Karl R. Popper

Paperback Published: 21st February 1985
ISBN: 9780691020310
Number Of Pages: 479

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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.

"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

Editor's Introductionp. 9
Theory of Knowledge
The Beginnings of Rationalism (1958)p. 25
The Defence of Rationalism (1945)p. 33
Knowledge without Authority (1960)p. 46
Knowledge: Subjective versus Objective (1967)p. 58
Evolutionary Epistemology (1973)p. 78
Two Kinds of Definitions (1945)p. 87
The Problem of Induction (1953, 1974)p. 101
The Problem of Demarcation (1974)p. 118
Philosophy of Science
Scientific Method (1934)p. 133
Falsificationism versus Conventionalism (1934)p. 143
The Empirical Basis (1934)p. 152
The Aim of Science (1957)p. 162
The Growth of Scientific Knowledge (1960)p. 171
Truth and Approximation to Truth (1960)p. 181
Propensities, Probabilities, and the Quantum Theory (1957)p. 199
Metaphysics and Criticizability (1958)p. 209
Realism (1970)p. 220
Cosmology and Change (1958)p. 226
Natural Selection and Its Scientific Status (1977)p. 239
Indeterminism and Human Freedom (1965)p. 247
The Mind-Body Problem (1977)p. 265
The Self (1977)p. 276
Social Philosophy
Historicism (1936)p. 289
Piecemeal Social Engineering (1944)p. 304
The Paradoxes of Sovereignty (1945)p. 319
Marx's Theory of the State (1945)p. 326
Individualism versus Collectivism (1945)p. 338
The Autonomy of Sociology (1945)p. 345
The Rationality Principle (1967)p. 357
Against the Sociology of Knowledge (1945)p. 366
Notesp. 379
Editorial Note, Sources, and Acknowledgementsp. 462
Bibliographyp. 467
Index of Namesp. 471
Index of Subjectsp. 476
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ISBN: 9780691020310
ISBN-10: 0691020310
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 479
Published: 21st February 1985
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 13.92  x 2.92
Weight (kg): 0.56