Download e-book for kindle: An Introduction to the Thought of Karl Popper by Roberta Corvi

By Roberta Corvi

ISBN-10: 0415129575

ISBN-13: 9780415129572

This can be a accomplished creation to the philosophical and political considered Karl Popper, now to be had in English. it really is divided into 3 elements; the 1st half presents a biography of Popper; the second one half appears to be like at his works and recurrent subject matters, and the 3rd half assesses his critics. It used to be authorized of by way of Popper himself as a sympathetic and complete learn, and may be excellent to fulfill the expanding call for for a precis advent to his paintings.

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The themes of the Logik were taken up again in the first volume of the Postscript: Realism and the Aim of Science. Here Popper discusses and goes more deeply into a number of complex or disputed aspects of his theory, while also providing an overall framework for his epistemological thought as a kind of critical rationalism. As to the ‘metaphysics’, we find that orientation towards realism which, though not presented as such in the Logic of Scientific Discovery, was even there the hinterland of his epistemological thinking.

In a way, this compilation brings Popper’s strictly epistemological production to an end; he applies his central thesis—that ‘we can learn from our mistakes’ (CR: vii)—to the most varied themes ranging from the history and philosophy of science to the history and philosophy of politics. A link is thus established between the two areas of reflection that had occupied Popper until that time. As we shall see, his horizon would now gradually broaden out into a veritable metaphysics—that is, into a conjecture about the composition and functioning of the world in all its principal aspects.

Matters are indeed far from simple, and Popper himself admitted that ‘probability created problems’ for him—‘as well as much exciting and enjoyable work’ (UQ: 99). Ever since the first edition of the Logik, Popper had been convinced that the term ‘probability’ was compromised with doctrines very remote from his own convictions, and he was keen to draw a distinction (including a terminological one) between the various ways in which it had been understood. He therefore embarked upon a lengthy discussion of the various theories of probability that had been put forward and maintained.

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