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SpringerBriefs in Philosophy

Popper and His Popular Critics

Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend and Imre Lakatos

Authors: agassi, joseph

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  • Discusses Popper’s recent critics rather than the Wittgenstein-style critics
  • Refutes the critics’ exaggerations of Popper’s views
  • Is born out of perennial attempts to navigate between dogmatism and relativism
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This volume examines Popper’s philosophy by analyzing the criticism of his most popular critics: Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend and Imre Lakatos. They all followed his rejection of the traditional view of science as inductive. Starting from the assumption that Hume’s criticism of induction is valid, the book explores the central criticism and objections that these three critics have raised. Their objections have met with great success, are significant and deserve paraphrase. One also may consider them reasonable protests against Popper’s high standards rather than fundamental criticisms of his philosophy. The book starts out with a preliminary discussion of some central background material and essentials of Popper’s philosophy. It ends with nutshell representations of the philosophies of Popper. Kuhn, Feyerabend and Lakatos. The middle section of the book presents the connection between these philosophers and explains what their central ideas consists of, what the critical arguments are, how they presented them, and how valid they are. In the process, the author claims that Popper's popular critics used against him arguments that he had invented (and answered) without saying so. They differ from him mainly in that they demanded of all criticism that it should be constructive: do not stop believing a refuted theory unless there is a better alternative to it. Popper hardly ever discussed belief, delegating its study to psychology proper; he usually discussed only objective knowledge, knowledge that is public and thus open to public scrutiny.

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“Joseph Agassi has produced a useful, thought-provoking, and entertaining collection of essays on Popper’s philosophy and those of his most popular critics. … As a distinctive and provocative perspective on both the personalities and the arguments of Popper, Kuhn, Feyerabend, and Lakatos, Popper and His Popular Critics is a must-read for anyone interested in the defining debates between these celebrated philosophers.” (Steven William Clarke, Science and Education, Vol. 25, 2016)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

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Softcover $69.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Popper and His Popular Critics
Book Subtitle
Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend and Imre Lakatos
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Philosophy
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-06587-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-06587-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-06586-1
Series ISSN
2211-4548
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 158
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