I read Popper’s The Open Universe for the first time yesterday. What do you think of Popper’s arguments against determinism, especially the metaphysical variety?
Although I appreciate Popper’s critique of “scientific” determinism, I confess to assuming that some kind of metaphysical determinism is true, and I found little in Popper’s words to dissuade me of that position. Unfortunately, I was unable to read the entire book. However, I plan to return to it soon, and so perhaps Popper will convince me yet.
Given Popper’s indeterminism, one issue that confuses me is the truth status of propositions about the future. Normally, Popper would say that a proposition is true when it corresponds to the facts, but what can a proposition about the future correspond to if the future facts are indetermined? Perhaps this is just a minor quibble, but it was a nagging question in the back of my mind while reading.
In any case, what do you think of Popper’s indeterminism? Have you been convinced?