Monthly Archives: January 2013

Comparative philosophical and metaphysical frameworks in fiction

This is something a bit different but closely related to the study of metaphysical research programs.  My friend Michael Giffin, another independent scholar in Sydney has made a deep study of metaphysical themes in modern literature, focussed on female novelists … Continue reading

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

Writing about the Popperian “turns”provides an opportunity to acknowledge the work of Popper’s research assistants and editors who helped along the way. Think of them as the Sorcerer’s apprentices, or perhaps the elves in Santa’s toy factory. Joe Agassi’s book about … Continue reading

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Popper on verisimilitude

When Popper wrote Logik der Forschung the notion of truth was problematic and he avoided talking about it until Tarski developed the use of metalanguages to permit a formal statement of the correspondence theory of truth that was robust in … Continue reading

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Universal Statements and Permanence

In his work on the theory of time as conflict Julius Thomas Fraser (page 277, 2007) proposes, as a working definition, that we think of truth as an assertion that a belief is judged permanent. Furthermore, truth can be regarded … Continue reading

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Ian Jarvie on the reception of Popper

From “Popper on the Differences between the Natural and the Social Sciences” in In Pursuit of Truth, Paul Levinson (ed), 1982. Popper always sough to communicate with other philosophers, but he underestimated the neurotic element there would be in the reception … Continue reading

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Misreading Popper in the philosophy of economics

Problem: how did so many hard-working, bright and ambitious people manage to work on the philosophy and methodology of economics without producing much that is helpful for working economists and policy-makers? This became a growth area during the 1980s with … Continue reading

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On Corroboration

A theory can only be corroborated by the evidence when the negation of that evidence would falsify the theory. That is, the evidence must represent a test of the theory, and a test requires the possibility of failure. Tautologies and … Continue reading

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The Popper Legend

Working on the early reception of Popper’s ideas and the way the “Popper Legend” became established – the idea that he could be aggregated with the positivists and logical empiricists and hence ignored when their program was eventually discredited. Starting … Continue reading

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