More about Popper

The previous post didn’t get around to the lectures that are actually in the book After the Open Society.  These relate to moral philosophy which was not his favorite topic, at least not philosophical talk about morality which he considered to be almost entirely a waste of space, like most philosophy

First some housekeeping for people who are not up to speed with Popper’s life story and the general framework of his ideas. Nobody can consider themselves properly educated if they leave the academy without a working knowledge of major thinkers like Newton, Darwin, Einstein, Mises, Hayek, Popper, Gellner and Barzun (who turns 104 this month).

People who have been on the site for years should have read these long ago but the Cat has become so popular there are many new faces.

Review of major Popper biography.

A stroll through Popper’s career from the 1930s to the 1980s. Originally published in the long-gone Melbourne Age Monthly Review.

Summary of The Poverty of Historicism.

Condensed Open Society (down from 800 pages to 120).

Nice statement of Popper’s minimum state liberalism, in a speech at the  Mont Pelerin Society.

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4 Responses to More about Popper

  1. Lazlo

    I think a bit too cerebral Rafe. In my memory Popper was advocating scientific method in the social sciences. This was a rearguard action in the 70s and 80s as dumb-but-vicious postmodernism was obliterating all before it.

    He still has resonance though because the same relentless politicisation is overtaking the physical sciences in the 90s and 00s in the name of saving the planet.

    Scientific rationalism is now more under threat than it was in the 1930s.

  2. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Thanks for the links Rafe. Spent this evening taxing the brain reading some of these. Your review of the biography of Popper was particularly helpful in exploring the context of why he is is a foundational thinker for those of us who reject Marxism and its leftist baggage.

    I do think Catallaxy has a role to keep the flag flying regarding this.

  3. Rod Clarke

    thanks very much Rafe!

  4. Rafe

    Thanks guys, I appreciate it is maybe a bit heavy in parts but nobody has to read it and everyone needs to know it exists. The academics have almost completely dropped the ball with Popper’s ideas but they have depth and problem-solving capacity so it is important to keep them in circulation.

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