In Search of a Better World: Lectures and Essays from Thirty Years

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Routledge, 1992 - Philosophy - 245 pages
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In the course of a life of ninety years Sir Karl can look back on positive changes in the world - the vast reductions in mass poverty, the liberalization of penal systems, the defeat of dictatorships. The search for a better world is never complete, but in spite of two world wars and a long and dangerous cold war, it was not in vain. The essays and lectures collected in this book chart many familiar as well as some less known aspects of Sir Karl's thinking - from his interest in the birth of scientific speculation in classical Greece to the destructive effects on the intellect of totalitarianism in twentieth-century states. His discussions range over problems of politics, the history of philosophy and great figures of the Enlightenment such as Voltaire and Kant, and the relation of science and art (in an address given at the 1979 Salzburg festival). The book offers important new insights into the thought of one of the greatest of living philosophers, and into the role of science in our civilization.

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Contents

the search
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On knowledge and ignorance
30
On the socalled sources of knowledge
44
Copyright

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Popper is deceased. He is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest philosophers and most influential thinkers of our time.

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