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The Poverty of Historicism : Routledge Classics - Sir Karl Popper

The Poverty of Historicism

Routledge Classics

Paperback Published: 21st February 2002
ISBN: 9780415278461
Number Of Pages: 176

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On its publication in 1957, The Poverty of Historicism was hailed by Arthur Koestler as 'probably the only book published this year which will outlive the century.'
A devastating criticism of fixed and predictable laws in history, Popper dedicated the book to all those 'who fell victim to the fascist and communist belief in Inexorable Laws of Historical Destiny.' Short and beautifully written, it has inspired generations of readers, intellectuals and policy makers. One of the most important books on the social sciences since the Second World War, it is a searing insight into the ideas of this great thinker.

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"On its publication in 1957, The Poverty of Historicism was hailed by Arthur Koestler as 'probably the only book published this year which will outlive the century.' 'Karl Popper was a philosopher of uncommon originality, clarity and depth, and his range was exceptional.' - The Times 'One of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century.' - The Daily Telegraph 'Popper's work is of far greater than mere academic value; it has an immediate and manifest bearing on the political decisions everyone has to make.' - The Listener 'This is one of the three or four most important books of the methodology of the social sciences to appear since the war.' - New Statesman

Historical Note
Preface
Introductionp. 1
The Anti-Naturalistic Doctrines of Historicismp. 4
Generalizationp. 5
Experimentp. 7
Noveltyp. 8
Complexityp. 10
Inexactitude of Predictionp. 11
Objectivity and Valuationp. 12
Holismp. 15
Intuitive Understandingp. 17
Quantitative Methodsp. 21
Essentialism versus Nominalismp. 23
The Pro-Naturalistic Doctrines of Historicismp. 31
Comparison with Astronomy. Long-Term Forecasts and Large-Scale Forecastsp. 32
The Observational Basisp. 34
Social Dynamicsp. 35
Historical Lawsp. 36
Historical Prophecy versus Social Engineeringp. 37
The Theory of Historical Developmentp. 40
Interpreting versus Planning Social Changep. 44
Conclusion of the Analysisp. 46
Criticism of the Anti-Naturalistic Doctrinesp. 50
Practical Aims of this Criticismp. 50
The Technological Approach to Sociologyp. 53
Piecemeal versus Utopian Engineeringp. 58
The Unholy Alliance with Utopianismp. 65
Criticism of Holismp. 70
The Holistic Theory of Social Experimentsp. 76
The Variability of Experimental Conditionsp. 85
Are Generalizations Confined to Periods?p. 89
Criticism of the Pro-Naturalistic Doctrinesp. 96
Is there a Law of Evolution? Laws and Trendsp. 96
The Method of Reduction. Causal Explanation. Prediction and Prophecyp. 110
The Unity of Methodp. 120
Theoretical and Historical Sciencesp. 132
Situational Logic in History. Historical Interpretationp. 136
The Institutional Theory of Progressp. 141
Conclusion: The Emotional Appeal of Historicismp. 148
Indexp. 150
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ISBN: 9780415278461
ISBN-10: 0415278465
Series: Routledge Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 21st February 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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