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Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography (1976)

by Karl R. Popper

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Read it after it was pointed to as a condensed view of Popper's work, but it undershoots and only really functions as a brief, uninviting gloss over some of the major "problems". He even abandons the autobiographical hook about halfway through as an unnecessary conceit, which, to be honest, it is.

The thing that really struck me though was how barren and empty of company the world of philosophy seems through Popper's eyes. Apart from the ever-present spectre of Wittgenstein at his shoulder, the sterility brings to mind Flaubert's observation that "There is not one tree in de Sade, not one animal." ( )
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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 century, providing an indispensable account of the ideas that influenced him most. As an introduction to Popper's philosophy, Unended Quest also shines. Popper lucidly explains the central ideas in his work, making this book ideal for anyone coming to Popper's life and work for the first time.

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