Does Understanding Mean Forgiveness? Otto Neurath and Plato’s “Republic” in 1944–45

  • Antonia SoulezEmail author
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 336)


In this paper I consider Otto Neurath’s late discussion of the political and social context of Plato’s Republic, especially how Neurath conceived them in the 1940s. Neurath’s argumentation is contrasted with the ideas of Karl Popper, both with regard to the latter’s reading of Plato and to his general methodology. The distinction between Neurath’s treatments of epistemology and politics is also discussed, by highlighting how these two were interwoven in the discussion, and how they differentiated Neurath’s articles from Popper’s considerations in the Open Society.



My thanks go to Jacqueline Kiang for the original English translation, and also for Thomas Uebel’s earlier revising. I am especially indebted to Elisabeth Nemeth. This is a slightly updated and extended version of an earlier paper that appeared in 1999.


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  1. 1.Université de Paris VIIIParisFrance

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