Karl Popper and the Social Sciences by William A Gorton pdf free download

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Karl Popper and the Social Sciences by William A Gorton pdf free download

Karl Popper and the Social Sciences by William A Gorton pdf free download. Karl Popper is arguably the most influential philosopher of natural science of the twentieth century. Although his influence on academic philosophers is perhaps not as great as that of several other philosophers of science, Popper’s impact on working scientists remains second to none. When asked to reflect on the method of science, contemporary scientists, if they do not directly invoke Popper’s name, more often than not will cite Popperian ideas.

Karl Popper and the Social Sciences by William A Gorton pdf free download

Science, they will say, requires commitment to severe testing of theories, a scientific community dedicated to such critical scrutiny, and, above all, theories that are empirically falsifiable. All this is Popper’s legacy. Popper is, of course, also widely known for his political criticism. Though his work is often neglected by academic political theorists, Popper’s political writings—particularly The Open Society and Its Enemies—have had a deep and lasting effect on post-World War II politics, especially in Britain and Germany.

Karl Popper and the Social Sciences by William A Gorton pdf free download

Indeed, many key political figures of the past thirty years have cited him as an influence, including Vaclav Havel, Margaret Thatcher, and Helmut Schmidt. During the past decade, Popper’s ideas have made inroads into the formerly communist countries of Eastern Europe, largely through the efforts of billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros. In 1979 Soros, a lifelong admirer of Popper’s work, established his Open Society Institute, which is dedicated to “opening up closed societies, making open societies more viable,
and promoting a critical mode of thinking” (Soros 1997).

Karl Popper and the Social Sciences by William A Gorton pdf free download

Branches of the society have proliferated throughout other parts the world as well. In the decade following Mao Zedong’s death, Popper was the most widely read political theorist among Chinese students.1 Students invoked his ideas to criticize the scientific pretensions of Marxism and to argue for the creation of governmental institutions open to public criticism.

Karl Popper and the Social Sciences by William A Gorton pdf free download

Karl Popper and the Social Sciences by William A. Gorton pdf free download


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