Conjectures & Refutations – Karl Popper (1963) (1st edition)


Conjectures & Refutations – Karl Popper (1963) (1st edition)


Title: Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge

Author: Karl R. Popper

Publisher: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1963. First edition.

Condition: Hardcover, no dust jacket. Very good. Tanning to edges and minor foxing to blank fly leaves. Very slight fraying to spine edges. Text clean, binding tight.

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About the book (from Google books):

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.

About Karl Popper (from Wikipedia):

Sir Karl Raimund Popper (28 July 1902 – 17 September 1994) was an Austrian-British philosopher and professor.He is generally regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of science of the 20th century.

Popper is known for his rejection of the classical inductivist views on the scientific method, in favour of empirical falsification: A theory in the empirical sciences can never be proven, but it can be falsified, meaning that it can and should be scrutinized by decisive experiments. He used the black swan fallacy to discuss falsification. If the outcome of an experiment contradicts the theory, one should refrain from ad hoc manoeuvres that evade the contradiction merely by making it less falsifiable. Popper is also known for his opposition to the classical justificationist account of knowledge, which he replaced with critical rationalism, “the first non-justificational philosophy of criticism in the history of philosophy.”

In political discourse, he is known for his vigorous defence of liberal democracy and the principles of social criticism that he came to believe made a flourishing “open society” possible. His political philosophy embraces ideas from all major democratic political ideologies and attempts to reconcile them: socialism/social democracy, libertarianism/classical liberalism and conservatism.