Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography

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Routledge, Sep 29, 2005 - Philosophy - 328 pages
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At the age of eight, Karl Popper was puzzling over the idea of infinity and by fifteen was beginning to take a keen interest in his father's well-stocked library of books. Unended Quest recounts these moments and many others in the life of one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century, providing an indispensable account of the ideas that influenced him most. As an introduction to Popper's philosophy, Unended Quest also shines. Popper lucidly explains the central ideas in his work, making this book ideal for anyone coming to Popper's life and work for the first time.

 

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Contents

1 Omniscience and Fallibility
1
2 Childhood Memories
3
3 Early Influences
5
4 The First World War
9
Infinity
11
the Problem of Essentialism
13
What Still Divides Me from Most Contemporary Philosophers
15
Marxism Science and Pseudoscience
30
25 Other Work in New Zealand
137
At the London School of Economics and Political Science
138
27 Early Work in England
144
28 First Visit to the United States Meeting Einstein
146
29 Problems and Theories
152
30 Debates with Schrödinger
156
31 Objectivity and Criticism
159
32 Induction Deduction Objective Truth
162

9 Early Studies
39
Dogmatic and Critical Thinking Learning Without Induction
45
11 Music
56
Psychology of Discovery or Logic of Discovery?
59
13 Two Kinds of Music
65
14 Progressivism in Art Especially in Music
75
15 Last Years at the University
80
Logik Der Forschung
87
17 Who Killed Logical Positivism?
98
18 Realism and Quantum Theory
101
19 Objectivity and Physics
109
20 Truth Probability Corroboration
111
21 The Approaching War The Jewish Problem
119
England and New Zealand
123
23 Early Work in New Zealand
127
24 The Open Society and the Poverty of Historicism
130
33 Metaphysical Research Programmes
172
Quantum Mechanics and Propensity
175
35 Boltzmann and the Arrow of Time
181
36 The Subjectivist Theory of Entropy
189
37 Darwinism as a Metaphysical Research Programme
194
38 World 3 or the Third World
210
39 The Bodymind Problem and World 3
218
40 The Place of Values in a World of Facts
225
Postscript
231
Postscript to Marxism 1992
235
Notes
237
Main Publications and Abbreviations of Titles
281
Select Bibliography
283
Index
301
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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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