Karl Popper: Science

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Ian Charles Jarvie, Karl Milford, David W. Miller
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - Philosophy - 283 pages
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Sir Karl Popper (1902 1994) is one of the most controversial and widely read philosophers of the 20th century. His influence has been enormous in the fields of epistemology, logic, metaphysics, methodology of science, the philosophy of physics and biology, political philosophy, and the social sciences, and his intellectual achievement has stimulated many scholars in a wide range of disciplines. These three volumes of previously unpublished essays, which originate in the congress Karl Popper 2002 held in Vienna to mark the centenary of Popper's birth, provide an examination of many aspects of Popper's life and thought. Volume III examines Popper's contribution to our understanding of logic, mathematics, physics, biology, and the social sciences, from economics to education. Among the topics covered are - verisimilitude, quantum and statistical physics, the propensity interpretation of probability, evolutionary epistemology, the so-called Positivismusstreit, Popper's critique of Marx, and his defence of the rationality principle as a component of all social explanations.
 

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Contents

Poppers Structuralist Theory of Logic
17
Popper as a Philosopher of Mathematics
37
Popper and the Logic of Quantum Mechanics
49
Popper on Irreversibility and the Arrow of Time
57
Experienced rather than Explained
71
A New Look at Poppers Pond
77
An Instrumentalist Criticism of Poppers Propensities
97
Karl Poppers Propensity Interpretation of Probability
105
Darwinism is the Application of Situational Logic to the
155
Methodenstreit oder Ideologiedebatte?
165
Karl Popper and the Reconstitution of the Rationalist
181
Popper and the Rationality Principle
197
Poppers Conception of the Rationality Principle in the
209
Popper and Marx as Fréres Ennemzs
229
Poppers Conception of History Seen from the Kantian
243
Rationality and Other Cultures
251

Single Event Probabilities in Poppers Propensity Account
113
The Emergent Character of Life
123
Poppers Darwinism
131
How to Avoid Giving Unwanted Answers to Unasked
261
Index
273
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About the author (2006)

Ian Jarvie is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Karl Milford is Professor in the Department of Economics, University of Vienna, Austria. David Miller taught at the University of Warwick, UK, and has held appointments also at universities in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico.

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