Category Archives: epistemology

Hayek in Australia 1976

Between 3 October and 6 November 1976, F.A. Hayek spent five busy weeks in Australia with more than 60 appointments, seminars, informal meetings and formal presentations (Appendix 1). He and his wife travelled almost the full length of the east … Continue reading

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A tribute to Ian C Jarvie

Following the Agassi collection which is anticipated in May, some friends of  Joe and his colleague Ian Jarvie are compiling a collection for Ian. My contribution will explore the implications and application of the social turn which Jarvie identified in Popper’s … Continue reading

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Summary of Popper’s lectures at the LSE

For many years Popper delivered a series of 15 lectures as an introduction to the philosophy of science. They were designed for undergraduates but many other people attended. While Popper was alive Mark Notturno started work on a reconstruction of … Continue reading

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Popper, Smith and Carl Menger’s economics

Karl Popper and Barry Smith on the Metaphysical Research Program of Austrian Realism and Carl Menger’s Economics. An unpublished paper delivered at a conference on Austrian thought at the University of Texas (Arlington) in 2013. I don’t expect everyone or indeed … Continue reading

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Tribute to Joe Agassi 90 in 2017

Joe Agassi, intellectual irritant This is a short form of a tribute to Joe Agassi, written for a collection to honour his 90th birthday in 2017. Authors were advised to go beyond Joe’s own contribution to pursue any avenues and … Continue reading

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On Strict and Numerical Universality by Flemming Steen Nielsen

Popper on Strict and Numerical Universality by Flemming Steen Nielsen I In his article, ”Evolutionistiske forklaringer og kritikken af historicismen” (Evolutionary explanations and the Critique of Historicism) (1), professor Mogens Blegvad raised a series of searching objections to Karl Popper’s … Continue reading

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Flemming Steen Nielsen: A Personal Recollection of Popper

From: Sandhedens Sider, Institute of Philosophy, Copenhagen, Autumn 1994 Happy Acquaintance With a Difficult Person In memoriam Karl Raimund Popper, 26.7.1902-17.9.1994. By Flemming Steen Nielsen One morning a few weeks ago my friend Troels Eggers Hansen (theoretical physicist, editor of … Continue reading

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Railway lines of thought

One of the themes which I developed some years ago concerned the way ideas take hold and exert an influence on our thoughts and our research projects which is very hard to identify, to subject to critical appraisal and to … Continue reading

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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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