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    Description'I want to begin by declaring that I regard scientific knowledge as the most important kind of knowledge we have', writes Sir Karl Popper in the opening essay of this book, which collects his meditations on the real improvements science has wrought in society, in politics and in the arts in the course of the twentieth century. His subjects range from the beginnings of scientific speculation in classical Greece to the destructive effects of twentieth century totalitarianism, from major figures of the Enlightenment such as Kant and Voltaire to the role of science and self-criticism in the arts. The essays offer striking new insights into the mind of one of the greatest twentieth century philosophers.


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    Title
    In Search of a Better World
    Subtitle
    Lectures and Essays from Thirty Years
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sir Karl Popper, Translated by Laura J. Bennett
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 280 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780415135481
    ISBN 10: 0415135486
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: DNF
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    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    DC20: 192
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    Abridged Dewey: 100
    LC classification: BD
    DC22: 192
    B&T Approval Code: A10010000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15270
    BISAC V2.8: PHI015000
    Thema V1.0: QDHR, DNL
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    ROUTLEDGE
    Publication date
    01 December 1995
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review quote
    "Each of these essays speaks out in Popper's firm, clear, unambiguous voice . . . they are very readable and persuasive."-"Nature "The majority of these pieces were given as lectures in Germany or Austria, and together they expound non-technically on nearly all of Popper's well-known themes.."-"Canadian Philosophial Reviews "Karl Popper is among the most significant champions of the open society."-Helmut Kohl First paperback edition of the 1994 English translation.
    Back cover copy
    In the course of a life of ninety years Sir Karl can look back on positive changes in the world - the vast reductions in mass poverty, the liberalization of penal systems, the defeat of dictatorships. The search for a better world is never complete, but in spite of two world wars and a long and dangerous cold war, it was not in vain. The essays and lectures collected in this book chart many familiar as well as some less known aspects of Sir Karl's thinking - from his interest in the birth of scientific speculation in classical Greece to the destructive effects on the intellect of totalitarianism in twentieth-century states. His discussions range over problems of politics, the history of philosophy and great figures of the Enlightenment such as Voltaire and Kant, and the relation of science and art (in an address given at the 1979 Salzburg festival). The book offers important new insights into the thought of one of the greatest of living philosophers, and into the role of science in our civilization.