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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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Persisting with a refuted theory

Popper was prepared to allow a little dogmatism to persist with a theory that appeared to be in trouble with anomalies. Bartley wrote that this did not need to be described in terms of dogmatism, instead we would just accept … Continue reading

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Help wanted

Can someone recall the source of this Popperism? I suggest that much confusion is due to the tendency of attributing to Science (with a capital S) a kind of omniscience and I suggest that this theological view of science ought … Continue reading

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Conclusion of Misreading Popper

Frank has put me under pressure to finish my book, so I have made the concluding chapter very short so I can get done this weekend (more realistically, this week). The  book starts with a run through Popper’s progress, the … Continue reading

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