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Rethinking Popper

  • Long standing interest in Popper’s philosophy is brought up to date

  • Optimistic message about reason in knowledge and society

  • The value of open critical discourse for both the growth of knowledge and democracy

Part of the book series: Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science (BSPS, volume 272)

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Table of contents (31 papers)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Reason, Logic, Science

    1. Experience and Perceptual Belief

      • Alan Musgrave
      Pages 5-19
    2. Ratio Negativa — The Popperian Challenge

      • Zuzana Parusniková
      Pages 31-45
    3. Proof Versus Sound Inference

      • Nimrod Bar-Am
      Pages 63-70
    4. A Problem for Popper's Fallibilism

      • Ladislav Kvasz, Eugen Zeleňák
      Pages 71-81
    5. Why Advocate Pancritical Rationalism?

      • Darrell P. Rowbottom, Otávio Bueno
      Pages 81-89
  3. Society, Politics

    1. Popperian Individualism Today

      • Anthony O'Hear
      Pages 205-215
    2. Popper's Continuing Relevance

      • Ian Jarvie
      Pages 217-235
    3. Open Society and the European Union

      • Miloslav Bednář
      Pages 237-244

About this book

In September 2007, more than 100 philosophers came to Prague with the determination to approach Karl Popper’s philosophy as a source of inspiration in many areas of our intellectual endeavor. This volume is a result of that effort. Topics cover Popper’s views on rationality, scientific methodology, the evolution of knowledge and democracy; and since Popper’s philosophy has always had a strong interdisciplinary influence, part of the volume discusses the impact of his ideas in such areas as education, economics, psychology, biology, or ethics.

The concept of falsification, the problem of demarcation, the ban on induction, or the role of the empirical basis, along with the provocative parallels between historicism, holism and totalitarianism, have always caused controversies. The aim of this volume is not to smooth them but show them as a challenge. In this time when the traditional role of reason in the Western thought is being undermined, Popper’s non-foundationist model of reason brings the Enlightenment message into a new perspective. Popper believed that the open society was vulnerable, due precisely to its tolerance of otherness. This is a matter of great urgency in the modern world, as cultures based on different values gain prominence.  The processes related to the extending of the EU, or the increasing economic globalization also raise questions about openness and democracy. The volume’s aim is to show the vitality of critical rationalism in addressing and responding to the problems of this time and this world.

Keywords

  • Karl R. Popper
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Popper
  • Rationality
  • Social Sciences
  • falsification
  • logic
  • psychoanalysis
  • psychology

Editors and Affiliations

  • Zuzanna Parusniková Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Jilska 1, Czech Republic

    Zuzana Parusniková

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 269.00
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  • ISBN: 978-1-4020-9338-8
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  • Readable on all devices
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Softcover Book USD 349.99
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Hardcover Book USD 349.99
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