books to read

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6 Responses to books to read

  1. Michael Kennedy says:

    Myopic rationalists may like to know that The Open Society and its Enemies is now available as an e-book with Amazon and iBooks. Joseph Agassi’s Philosophy from a Sceptical Perspective is also with Amazon Kindle.

  2. Michael Kennedy says:

    Realism and the Aim of Science is now on iBooks.

  3. Andrew Crawshaw says:

    I am not sure where this should go.

    I am a little but suprised by the absence of Nassim Nicholas Taleb from this blog, it seems to me that at least a blog post detailing the influence of Popper on Taleb would be interesting. I can’t stomach his book, though, I find it to, erm, arrogantly, funny in parts but generally disrespectful to his audience. But anyway does anyone have any insight into what Talab had right or wrong about Popper’s philosophy?

  4. Andrew Crawshaw says:

    “arrogantly written”*

  5. Rafe says:

    I don’t think Taleb wrote enough about Popper to be sure what he thought about Popper’s ideas.

  6. Andrew Crawshaw says:

    Rafe -

    It seems to me that taleb cites Popper more than any other philosophyer, expeccially in Fooled by Randomness. And, it seems to me, that the whole analysis contained in The Black Swan is bassically a Popperian approach to financial systems. Granted he talks about Popper a lot less in interviews and articles he writes and his latest book only has a few references in the index to popper.

    This is just one of the many things he has to say about Popper: “just as Karl M arx wrote, in great irritation, a diatribe called The Mis­ery of Philosophy in response to Proudhon’s The Philosophy of Misery, Popper, irritated by some of the philosophers of his time who believed in the scientific understanding of history, wrote, as a pun, The Misery of Historicism (which has been translated as The Poverty of Historicism).

    Popper’s insight concerns the limitations in forecasting historical
    events and the need to downgrade “soft” areas such as history and social
    science to a level slightly above aesthetics and entertainment, like butter­
    fly or coin collecting. (Popper, having received a classical Viennese educa­
    tion, didn’t go quite that far; I do. I am from Amioun.) What we call here
    soft historical sciences are narrative dependent studies.”

    Though I give this passage more for the fact of Nassim’s style, and how he engages, he does also critically engages (and sometimes at length) with Popper’s ideas. This passage taken from the section: how to predict your predictions (chapter 11), is a case in point, it is bassically him outlining what he thinks to be Popper’s idea of historcism and how it fits in with his analysis.


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