After the Open Society: Selected Social and Political Writings

After the Open Society: Selected Social and Political Writings

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By (author) Sir Karl Popper, Edited by Jeremy Shearmur, Edited by Piers Norris Turner

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Hardback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 148mm x 236mm x 46mm | 939g
  • Publication date: 23 July 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415309085
  • ISBN 13: 9780415309080
  • Sales rank: 1,286,120

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In this long-awaited volume, Jeremy Shearmur and Piers Norris Turner bring to light Popper's most important unpublished and uncollected writings from the time of The Open Society until his death in 1994. After The Open Society: Selected Social and Political Writings reveals the development of Popper's political and philosophical thought during and after the Second World War, from his early socialism through to the radical humanitarianism of The Open Society. The papers in this collection, many of which are available here for the first time, demonstrate the clarity and pertinence of Popper's thinking on such topics as religion, history, Plato and Aristotle, while revealing a lifetime of unwavering political commitment. After The Open Society illuminates the thought of one of the twentieth century's greatest philosophers and is essential reading for anyone interested in the recent course of philosophy, politics, history and society.

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Karl Popper (1902-94), was one of the most influential and controversial thinkers of the twentieth century. Jeremy Shearmur is Reader in Philosophy at Australian National University. He is the author of Hayek and After and The Political Thought of Karl Popper, both published Routledge. Piers Norris Turner is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at The Ohio State University, USA.

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'In sum, this volume deserves to be warmly welcomed by scholars of Popper. Summing up: Reommended' - CHOICE 'This book is excellent. It is largely unpublished material from Popper's literary remains regarding his The Open Society and Its Enemies that conveys some interesting stories about its publication and initial reception, throws light on its message, and complements it somewhat. The book also contains much that Popper hardly discussed elsewhere.' - Philosophy of the Social Sciences '[an] expert selection of archival materials and obscure publications...' - ISIS

Table of contents

Part 1: Introduction: Optimist, Pessimist and Pragmatist Views of Scientific Knowledge Part 2: Memories of Austria 1. Julius Kraft 1898-1960 2. Memories of Otto Neurath 3. Introduction to Fritz Kolb, Es Kam Ganz Anders 4. Anti-Semitism in Austria: a Letter to Friedrich Hayek Part 3: Lectures from New Zealand 5. Science and Religion 6. Ideal and Rationality 7. Moral Man and Immoral Society 8. Is There a Meaning in History? Part 4: On The Open Society 9. Correspondence with Carnap on Social Philosophy 10. Letter to Fritz Hellin on The Open Society 11. Letter to Alfred Braunthal on The Open Society 12. Uniting the Camp of Humanitarianism 13. Public and Private Values 14. On the Theory of Totalitarianism 15. Social Institutions and Personal Responsibility 16. The Open Society After Five Years 17. Platonic Holiday 18. Response to de Vries 19. On The Free Man's Library 20. Letters to Isaiah Berlin 21. Historical Explanation 22. Correspondence with Ernst Badian on Aristotle's Politics 23. Plato Part 5: The Cold War and After 24. The Open Society and the Democratic State 25. Popper to Hayek on the Abstract Society and 'Inner Freedom' 26. The Status of Science: A Broadcast to Russia 27. A Note on the Cold War 28. How to get out of Viet Nam 29. On For Conservatives Only 30. Was ist liberal? 31. On Reason and The Open Society 32. For a Better World 33. Historical Prophecy as an Obstacle to Peace 34. Letter to Bryan Magee on Nationalization 35. Preface to Italian Poverty of Historicism 36. On The New Liberty 37. On Toleration 38. The Importance of Critical Discussion 39. The Critical Attitude in Medicine 40. On Receiving the Fondation Tocqueville Prize 41. On Democracy 42. Outline of My Views 43. Historicism and the Soviet Union 44. The Open Society Today 45. Letter to my Russian Readers 46. The Communist Road to Self-enslavement 47. Europe Now Exists 48. Against the Misuse of Television