Popperian Individualism Today
Popper's original vision of the open society is criticized as being, in a certain sense, utopian. Discussion alone will not resolve fundamental political differences, particularly where those differences bear on the premises of liberalism itself. It is noted that Popper later presented a more nuanced view of openness and liberalism, one which sees these concepts as embedded in a tradition of political thought and practice, and in a substantive and not merely a procedural political world view. New problems for the application of this world view in Western democracies are raised by the growth in recent decades of significant groups within Western societies who do not share its assumptions. Possible responses on the part of defenders of the open society to this new situation are considered.
KeywordsPolitical Community Free Speech Open Society Popperian Openness Liberal Society
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- Orwell, George. 1984. Wells, Hitler and the world state. In The Penguin essays of George Orwell, 194–199. London: Penguin Books.Google Scholar
- Popper, Karl Raimund. 1935. Logik der Forschung; zur Erkenntnistheorie der modernen Naturwissenschaft. Vienna: Julius Springer.Google Scholar
- Popper, Karl Raimund. 1945. The open society and its enemies. 2 volumes. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. (Fifth revised edition, 1966).Google Scholar
- Popper, Karl Raimund. 1963. Conjectures and refutations. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.Google Scholar
- Warnock, Mary. 1998. An intelligent person's guide to ethics. London: Duckworth.Google Scholar