Introduction: The Legacy of Ian C. Jarvie

  • Nathaniel Laor
  • Raphael Sassower


Ian C. Jarvie is a leading philosopher of the social sciences of our age. While engaged in an ascending career, he described himself as a professional in an unresolved identity crisis. Turning his personal crisis into a professional tool, he has been introducing Popperian insights in the philosophy of science writ large into particular studies in the social sciences. His proposals are characterized by the recommendation we consider all activity as problem-solving (and not search for justifications). This invites improvable explanations and ongoing rethinking.


  1. Jarvie, Ian C. 1981. Anthropologists and the Irrational. Reprinted in Jarvie, Ian C. 1986. Thinking About Society: Theory and Practice, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, No. 93, Dordrecht: D. Reidel, pp. 233–256.Google Scholar
  2. ———. 2005. Workshop Rationality, Dogmatism, and Models of the Mind. In The Mind as a Scientific Object, ed. David M. Johnson and Christina E. Erneling, 471–486. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nathaniel Laor
    • 1
    • 2
  • Raphael Sassower
    • 3
  1. 1.Departments of Medical Education, Psychiatry, and PhilosophyTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Child Study CenterYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of ColoradoColorado SpringsUSA

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