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Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Rethinking Popper

Editors: Parusniková, Zuzana, Cohen, Robert S. (Eds.)

  • 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
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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.

Table of contents (31 chapters)

  • Experience and Perceptual Belief

    Musgrave, Alan

    Pages 5-19

  • Critical Rationalism and the Principle of Sufficient Reason

    Andersson, Gunnar

    Pages 21-30

  • Ratio Negativa — The Popperian Challenge

    Parusniková, Zuzana

    Pages 31-45

  • “Why, and to What Extent, May a False Hypothesis Yield the Truth?”

    Gattei, Stefano

    Pages 47-61

  • Proof Versus Sound Inference

    Bar-Am, Nimrod

    Pages 63-70

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eBook $269.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rethinking Popper
Editors
  • Zuzana Parusniková
  • Robert S. Cohen
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
272
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-9338-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-9338-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-9337-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-8958-6
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 431
Topics