"Although most of us know the date and place of our birth...few know when and how their intellectual life began. .." Here one of the greatest thinkers of our age recalls the landmarks of his development. Apprenticed to a cabinet maker, Popper found that philosophical daydreams interfered with the quality of his French polish, making him realize ...
"Although most of us know the date and place of our birth...few know when and how their intellectual life began. .." Here one of the greatest thinkers of our age recalls the landmarks of his development. Apprenticed to a cabinet maker, Popper found that philosophical daydreams interfered with the quality of his French polish, making him realize that he was too 'ignorant and fallible' for manual work. Popper's memories of the first world war, love affair with Marxism and the working class, involvement in music, and reactions to antisemitism are as vital to this story as his encounters with Einstein, Russell, carnap, and Wittgenstein."
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New. 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 centur.
K R Popper is the greatest philosopher of science of all time and the greatest philosopher of the twentieth century. He solved the problem of induction [Every new swan I see is white therefore all swans are white was the paradigm case of invalid deduction of facts from instances - there are black swans].
This autobiography is a fascinating insight into the man and his thought. I recommend it to everyone.
Aug 2, 2007
Prophets in their time
Karl Popper is less known as a philosopher than he should be, and this is to his credit. He was a modest man.
Many have heard of him only through the tale that Wittgenstein threatened him with a poker during a "fight" that erupted while Popper was lecturing to a philosoph6y"club' W. had founded at Cambridge.
Popper deserves better. His "The Open Society and its Enemies" early identified that Fascism and Communism are the same wolves in very similar sheeps' clothing--that they both aim at establishing the Government as an all powerful tyranny and destroying individualism. All Popper's books are captivating and thought provoking.
As is his autobiography. It is a story of a lifetime of thought--there are no "intimate" revelations, such as pass as autobiography too often these days.
I bought this copy as a gift to a friend who is a PhD and was a philosophy prof--who somehow missed this one. Great read.
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