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    DescriptionPopper was born in 1902 to a Viennese family of Jewish origin. He taught in Austria until 1937, when he emigrated to New Zealand in anticipation of the Nazi annexation of Austria the following year, and he settled in England in 1949. Before the annexation, Popper had written mainly about the philosophy of science, but from 1938 until the end of the Second World War he focused his energies on political philosophy, seeking to diagnose the intellectual origins of German and Soviet totalitarianism. "The Open Society and Its Enemies" was the result.In the book, Popper condemned Plato, Marx, and Hegel as "holists" and "historicists" - a holist, according to Popper, believes that individuals are formed entirely by their social groups; historicists believe that social groups evolve according to internal principles that it is the intellectual's task to uncover. Popper, by contrast, held that social affairs are unpredictable, and argued vehemently against social engineering. He also sought to shift the focus of political philosophy away from questions about who ought to rule toward questions about how to minimize the damage done by the powerful. The book was an immediate sensation, and - though it has long been criticized for its portrayals of Plato, Marx, and Hegel - it has remained a landmark on the left and right alike for its defense of freedom and the spirit of critical inquiry.

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    The Open Society and Its Enemies: Spell of Plato v. 1
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sir Karl Popper
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 376
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    ISBN 13: 9780691019680
    ISBN 10: 0691019681

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    LC classification: B63 .P6 1971
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    5, Revised
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    5th Rev ed.
    Princeton University Press
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    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    21 February 1971
    Publication City/Country
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    'A work of first-class importance which ought to be widely read for its masterly criticism of the enemies of democracy, ancient and modern.'-Bertrand Russell