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Popper vs von Mises on the philosophy of science

  A long thread on the Critical Rationalist facebook page began by drawing on  von Mises’s criticism of Popper in The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science “he [von Mises] addressed the claim of Karl Popper that scientific propositions must be falsifiable. Although … Continue reading

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Non-justificationism: A distinction that makes a difference

When the linguistic philosophers inspired by  Ryle, Wittgenstein and Austin ruled the roost in some universities, notably Oxford, critics sometimes referred to “distinctions that don’t make a difference”. What about the distinction between justificationism and non-justificationism? A critic of Popperism in the … Continue reading

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Updating the Popper Guides and Misreading Popper

I am preparing to publish Misreading Popper and some other of my ebooks as print-on-demand paperbacks. This facility is available through a publishing associate of Amazon called CreateSpace. There are still people out there who want books to hold in their … Continue reading

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Hans-Joachim Niemann on Karl Popper, biology and evolution

A copy of Karl Popper and the Two New Secrets of Life has arrived, courtesy of the author. This books is a fine addition to Popperian exegesis,  just when you thought the  cottage industry on the intellectual development of KRP … Continue reading

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The debacle of philosophy in the 20th century

Can philosophy progress, or is there an eternal  dialogue on fundamentals that just keeps the issues in play without resolving any of them and moving on, like the successful natural sciences?  Unlike the progress of science,  there are signs of decline in philosophy judging … Continue reading

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Topics and themes

Planning a paper version of  Reason and Imagination  I have made some minor improvements and Bruce made a major suggestion, to have a new Introduction to spell out the six themes that I have used to introduce the guides and Misreading Popper. This reminds me of … Continue reading

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Papineau on Popper

A student who is studying Popper in London  sent this paper by David Papineau for comment. His immediate task is to write a paper on induction so I will not dwell on other matters except to suggest that Popper deserves some credit … Continue reading

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Misreading Popper is up

At last the ms has become an ebook.  Misreading Popper. Popper made an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science and he made a significant mark in several other fields as well, including political philosophy and the theory of rationality. … Continue reading

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The Minimum Requirement for an Adequate Critique of Popper

Looking through the misreadings of Popper that are collected in my forthcoming book, the following thoughts occurred about the work required for a good critique. Whether not commentators agree with Popper’s views, if they write about him  they need to read  all … Continue reading

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Popper’s view of neo-Darwinian evolutionary theory

HELP WANTED AGAIN. In Unended Quest  Popper questioned the scientific status of evolutionary theory which he regarded as a metaphysical research program. Some time later he changed his mind and agreed that aspects of evolutionary theory can be tested and … Continue reading

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