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The Open Society and Its Enemies : Routledge Classics - Sir Karl Popper

The Open Society and Its Enemies

Routledge Classics

By: Sir Karl Popper, Ernst H. Gombrich (Foreword by), Vaclav Havel (Preface by)

Paperback Published: 4th April 2011
ISBN: 9780415610216
Number Of Pages: 800

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'If in this book harsh words are spoken about some of the greatest among the intellectual leaders of mankind, my motive is not, I hope, to belittle them. It springs rather from my conviction that, if our civilization is to survive, we must break with the habit of deference to great men.' - Karl Popper, from the PrefaceWritten in political exile during the Second World War and first published in two volumes in 1945, Karl Popper's The Open Society and Its Enemies is one of the most influential books of all time. Hailed by Bertrand Russell as a 'vigorous and profound defence of democracy', its now legendary attack on the philosophies of Plato, Hegel and Marx exposed the dangers inherent in centrally planned political systems and through underground editions become an inspiration to lovers of freedom living under communism in Eastern Europe. Popper's highly accessible style, his erudite and lucid explanations of the thoughts of great philosophers and the recent resurgence of totalitarian regimes around the world are just three of the reasons for the enduring popularity of The Open Society and Its Enemies and why it demands to be read today and in years to come. This single volume paperback edition, available for the first time, includes a preface by Vaclav Havel and a personal recollection of the story behind the publication of The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper's friend, E.H.Gombrich.

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'Some time ago a wise old man came to see me in Prague and I listened to him with admiration. Shortly afterwards I learned that this man had died. His name was Karl Popper'. - Vaclav Havel, from the Preface '!a work of first-class importance which ought to be widely read for its masterly criticism of the enemies of democracy, ancient and modern. ..The book is a vigorous and profound defence of democracy, timely, very interesting, and very well written.' - Bertrand Russell 'One of the great books of the century' - The Times '!a modern classic' The Independent 'Few philosophers!have combined such a vast width of knowledge with the capacity to produce important original ideas as he did.' - The Guardian '!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 '! a brilliant polemic. ..It remains the best intellectual defence of liberal democracy against know-it-all totalitarianism.' - The Economist

Foreword
Preface: 'Karl Popper's
The Open Society and Its Enemies in the contemporary global world' by Václav Havel
'Personal Recollections of the Publication of The Open Society' by E.H. Gombrich
Acknowledgements
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
The Spell Of Plato The Myth Of Origin And Destiny
Historicism and the Myth of Destiny
Heraclitus
Plato's Theory of Forms or Ideas
Plato's Descriptive Sociology
Change and Rest
Nature and Convention
Plato's Political Programme
Totalitarian Justice
The Principle of Leadership
The Philosopher King
Aestheticism, Perfectionism, Utopianism
The Background Of Plato's Attack
The Open Society and its Enemies
Addenda
The High Tide Of Prophecy The Rise Of Oracular Philosophy
The Aristotelian Roots of Hegelianism
Hegel and The New Tribalism
Marx's Method
Sociological Determinism
The Autonomy of Sociology
Economic Historicism
The Classes
The Legal and the Social System
Marx's Prophecy
The Coming of Socialism
The Social Revolution
Capitalism and Its Fate
An Evaluation
Marx's Ethics
The Moral Theory of Historicism
The Aftermath
The Sociology of Knowledge
Oracular Philosophy and the Revolt against Reason Conclusion
Has History any Meaning?
Addenda (1961, 1965)
Notes
Notes to Volume 1
Notes to Volume 2
Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415610216
ISBN-10: 0415610214
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 800
Published: 4th April 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 4.04
Weight (kg): 1.1
Edition Number: 1

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