Popper and the Human Sciences

  • Gregory Currie
  • Alan Musgrave

Part of the Nijhoff International Philosophy Series book series (NIPS, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. L. Jonathan Cohen
    Pages 1-12
  3. Roland Puccetti
    Pages 45-55
  4. David Papineau
    Pages 57-71
  5. Alan Ryan
    Pages 89-104
  6. Jeremy Waldron
    Pages 105-119
  7. Noretta Koertge
    Pages 121-131
  8. Peter Urbach
    Pages 133-146
  9. W. A. Suchting
    Pages 147-163
  10. Robert Ackermann
    Pages 165-183
  11. Richard Kraut
    Pages 185-203
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 205-219

About this book


Although Sir Karl Popper's contributions to a number of diverse areas of philosophy are widely appreciated, serious criticism of his work has tended to focus on his philosophy of the natural sciences. This volume contains twelve critical essays on Popper's contribution to what we have called the 'human sciences' , a category broad enough to include not only Popper's views on the methods of the social sciences but also his views on the relation of mind and body, Freud's psychology, and the status of cultural objects. Most of our contributors are philosophers whose own work stands outside the Popperian framework. We hope that this has resulted in a volume whose essays confront not merely the details of Popper's argu­ ments but also the very presuppositions of his thinking. With one exception, the essays appear here for the first time. The exception is L.J. Cohen's paper, which is a revised and considerably expanded ver­ sion of a paper first published in the British Journalfor the Philosophy of Science for June 1980. We would like to thank Loraine Hawkins and Jane Hogg for their editorial assistance and June O'Donnell for typing various manuscripts and all the correspondence which a volume of essays entails.


Karl R. Popper Marx democracy psychoanalysis

Editors and affiliations

  • Gregory Currie
    • 1
  • Alan Musgrave
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-247-3141-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-5093-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4530
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