Author Archives: Bruce Caithness

Further Thoughts on Critical Preference

Karl Popper held that the effort of reaching a preference of one theory against others is the key to escaping the trap of the logical error of induction. This position was not a late appendage but was clearly stated for … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts Triggered from Listening to Simon Blackburn on the Radio

After listening, rather uncomfortably, to Simon Blackburn http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2013/07/29/3810670.htm Such a question as ” Can science explain everything?” would not even be asked if the demarcation between science and non-science was absorbed along the lines proposed by Sir Karl Popper. Simon … Continue reading

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Some thoughts triggered from David Miller’s “Do We Reason When We Think We Reason, or Do We Think?” (2005)

Popper’s “Conjectures and Refutations” was published in 1963. There is much instruction in the title. After contemplating David Miller’s “Do We Reason When We Think We Reason, or Do We Think?” one might playfully muse with another subtitle for the … Continue reading

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A World of Propensities

“A World of Propensities”, a slender 51 pages, was published in 1990. It contains two lectures that Popper delivered in his 87th and 88 years, A World of Propensities: Two New Views of Causality and Towards an Evolutionary Theory of Knowledge. … Continue reading

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The Glass Bead Game

It is believed that Hermann Hesse began serious writing of what was to become “The Glass Bead Game” in 1931. It took Hesse until 1942 to complete it, during this time the world was eclipsed by the horrors of Fascism, … Continue reading

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Beyond The Outsider

In “The Popular Popper, The Guide to The Open Society and Its Enemies” (2013) Rafe Champion mentions Bryan Magee’s attendance at Popper’s 1958 address, titled “Back to the Pre-Socratics”, to the Aristotelian Society in London. Magee relates this in Chapter … Continue reading

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No reasons are needed to admit error: “Popper’s Theory of Science: An Apologia”

In this 166 page volume Dr Carlos E. Garcia (2006) articulates a systematic analysis of Karl Popper’s philosophy of science. Popper’s core catechism is “I may be wrong and you may be right and by an effort we may get closer … Continue reading

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The Two Fundamental Problems of the Theory of Knowledge

The Two Fundamental Problems of the Theory of Knowledge (2009) was first published in German in 1979. It is a thick book comprising a collection of drafts and preliminary work from the years 1930 to 1933 for Karl Popper’s first … Continue reading

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Key Issues in The New Knowledge Management

Key Issues in The New Knowledge Management (2003), by Joe Firestone and Mark W. McElroy, is for me a welcome library addition. A strong point is the focus on the epistemological issues. The summary of various theoretical underpinnings is clearly laid out. I have … 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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