Springer, Dordrecht


431 Pages

ISBN 978-1-4020-9337-1

Boston studies in the philosophy of science
vol. 272

Rethinking Popper

Edited by

Zuzana Parusniková , Robert S Cohen

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.

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Parusniková, Z. , Cohen, R.S. (eds) (2009). Rethinking Popper, Springer, Dordrecht.

Table of Contents

Ratio negativa

Parusniková Zuzana


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Proof versus sound inference

Bar-Am Nimrod


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A problem for Popper's fallibilism

Kvasz Ladislav; Zeleňák Eugen


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Why advocate pancritical rationalism?

Rowbottom Darrell P.; Bueno Otávio


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Popper on refutability

Rosende Diego L.


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Popper's theory of the searchlight

ter Hark Michel


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Popperian individualism today

O'Hear Anthony


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Popper's continuing relevance

Jarvie Ian


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Open society and the European union

Bednář Miloslav


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Open rationality

Boyer Alain


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Logic and the open society

Naraniecki Alexander J.


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Popper and communitarianism

Stelzer Harald


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Popper's communitarianism

Kochan Jeff


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Critical rationalism and ethics

Shearmur Jeremy


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Applying Popperian didactics

Segre Michael


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Out of error

Miller David


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