Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge

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Routledge, May 1, 2014 - Philosophy - 608 pages
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Conjectures and Refutations is one of Karl Popper's most wide-ranging and popular works, notable not only for its acute insight into the way scientific knowledge grows, but also for applying those insights to politics and to history. It provides one of the clearest and most accessible statements of the fundamental idea that guided his work: not only our knowledge, but our aims and our standards, grow through an unending process of trial and error.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION
CONJECTURES
The Nature of Philosophical Problems and their Roots
Three Views Concerning Human Knowledge
Towards a Rational Theory of Tradition
Back to the Presocratics
A Note on Berkeley as Precursor of Mach and Einstein
The Liberal Theory of Free Discussion
The Forms of Public Opinion
Censorship and Monopolies of Publicity 7 A Short List of Political Illustrations
Summary
Utopia and Violence
An Optimists View
Humanism and Reason
Some Technical Notes 1 Empirical Content

Kants Critique and Cosmology
On the Status of Science and of Metaphysics
Why are the Calculi of Logic and Arithmetic Applicable
Truth Rationality and the Growth of Scientific Knowledge
The Demarcation Between Science and Metaphysics
Language and the BodyMind Problem
A Note on the BodyMind Problem
SelfReference and Meaning in Ordinary Language
What is Dialectic?
Prediction and Prophecy in the Social Sciences
Public Opinion and Liberal Principles
The Dangers of Public Opinion
A Group of Theses
Probability and the Severity of Tests
Verisimilitude
Numerical Examples
Artificial vs Formalized Languages 6 A Historical Note on Verisimilitude 1964
Some Further Hints on Verisimilitude 1968
Further Remarks on the Presocratics especially on Parmenides 1968
Unity or Novelty? 1968
An Argument due to Mark Twain against NaÔve Empiricism 1989
INDEX OF MOTTOES
INDEX OF NAMES
INDEX OF SUBJECTS
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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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