Author Archives: Rafe

Peter Godfrey-Smith, 2003, Theory and Reality: an introduction to the philosophy of science

The author took his first degree in Sydney and is a Distinguished Professor in Philosophy in the Graduate Centre at the City University of New York. His   book Darwinian Populations and Natural Selection won the 2010 Lakatos award. This book is an … Continue reading

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Wedberg on positivism and logical empircism

The collection of misreadings of Popper will be supplemented by a some examples where Popper is not mentioned at all (where he should be). The Swede Anders Wedberg wrote three volumes on the history of philosophy with the third covering the … Continue reading

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Jeremy Shearmur on Popper and Hayek

Should be interesting, have not had time to read it yet, just want to share!

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Popper’s rules of the game of science

The role of institutions and conventions (rules of the game) The recognition of the social factor in science is often attributed to Kuhn and the sociologists of knowledge, however Jarvie in The Republic of Science (2001) identified what he called … Continue reading

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Kuhn’s misreading of Popper

Kuhn wrote an essay for the Schilpp volume on Popper which appeared in 1974 and it was published in Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge (eds Lakatos and Musgrave) which appeared earlier (in  1970) due to delays in production of the … Continue reading

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The New Popper Legend, updated

In the Schilpp volume Popper described the “Popper Legend”  that he was a positivist with a different take on the criterion of meaning.  In his reply to critics he listed numerous philosophers of the highest international esteem who contributed to the Legend and … Continue reading

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Good piece on critical thinking, very CR!

A nice piece! Seven Habits. 1. Judge judiciously 2. Question the questionable 3. Chase challenges 4. Ascertain alternatives 6. Take various viewpoints 7. Sideline the self  

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Popper on cosmology

An important paper by Helge Kragh, tipped off by David Miller! The paper examines the historical contexts of the interaction between cosmology and Popperian philosophy of science. Apart from covering Popper’s inspiration from Einstein and his views on questions of cosmology, … Continue reading

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Good books about Popper and CR (draft)

Approaching the completion of my next book Misreading Popper, the obvious question came to mind:  “So these are all the bad books about Popper, but what are the good ones”? The format of the book at present has an opening … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Stanley Wong and his helpers

A review of Stanley Wong, Foundations of Paul Samuelson’s Revealed Preference Theory: A Study by the  Method of Rational Reconstruction. Routledge, 1978 and 2006. This little classic first appeared in 1978 and it is very fortunate that it has been … Continue reading

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