The Open Society and Its Enemies: The spell of Plato, Volume 1

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Routledge, 2003 - Philosophy - 403 pages
Written in political exile during the Second World War and first published in 1945, Karl Popper's The Open Society and Its Enemiesis one of the most influential books of the twentieth century. Hailed by Bertrand Russell as a 'vigorous and profound defence of democracy', its now legendary attack on the philosophies of Plato, Hegel and Marx exposed the dangers inherent in centrally planned political systems. Popper's highly accessible style, his erudite and lucid explanations of the thought of great philosophers and the recent resurgence of totalitarian regimes around the world are just three of the reasons for the enduring popularity ofThe Open Society and Its Enemies, and for why it demands to be read both today and in years to come.
This is the first of two volumes of The Open Society and Its Enemies.

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User Review  - blake.rosser - LibraryThing

Not nearly as engaging as Volume I. It might be because the material of Hegel's and Marx's philosophies are necessarily more complex than that of Plato and Aristotle. But I also got the impression ... Read full review

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User Review  - lucybrown - LibraryThing

A re-read. Just finished Chapter 6. More later Read full review

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Karl Popper(1902-1994). Philosopher, born in Vienna. One of the most influential and controversial thinkers of the twentieth century.

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