By Karl Popper
On the age of 8, Karl Popper used to be wondering the belief of infinity and by way of fifteen was once commencing to take a willing curiosity in his father's well-stocked library of books.
Unended Quest recounts those moments and so on within the lifetime of some of the most influential thinkers of the 20 th century, supplying an vital account of the guidelines that prompted him so much.
As an advent to Popper's philosophy, Unended Quest additionally shines. Popper lucidly explains the crucial rules in his paintings, making this publication excellent for somebody coming to Popper's existence and paintings for the 1st time.
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Extra resources for Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography (2nd Edition)
I reacted strongly to this attitude. I felt that we were greatly privileged in being able to study—indeed, undeservedly so—and I decided to try to become a manual worker. I also decided never to seek any inﬂuence in party politics. I did in fact make several attempts to become a manual worker. My second attempt broke down because I did not have the physical stamina needed for digging concrete-hard road surfaces with a pickaxe for days and days on end. My last attempt was to become a cabinetmaker.
At the time I was not at all interested in metaphysics. It was only later that I extended my “criterion of demarcation” to metaphysics. (2) My main idea in 1919 was this. If somebody proposed a scientiﬁc theory he should answer, as Einstein did, the question: 9. ” In other words, what conceivable facts would I accept as refutations, or falsiﬁcations, of my theory? (3) I had been shocked by the fact that the Marxists (whose central claim was that they were social scientists) and the psychoanalysts of all schools were able to interpret any conceivable event as a veriﬁcation of their theories.
For example, for the logical content the following rule of transitivity holds: if b is an element of the 7. a long digression on essentialism content of a, and c an element of the content of b, then c is also an element of the content of a. 17 Moreover, the content of any (nontautological) statement— say a theory t—is inﬁnite. For let there be an inﬁnite list of statements a, b, c, . . , which are pairwise contradictory, and which individually do not entail t. ) Then the statement “t or a or both” is deducible from t, and therefore belongs to the logical content of t; and the same holds for b and any other statement in the list.
Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography (2nd Edition) by Karl Popper