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The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl…

The Open Society and Its Enemies (1962)

by Karl Popper

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A re-read. Just finished Chapter 6. More later ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
A re-read. Just finished Chapter 6. More later ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
A re-read. Just finished Chapter 6. More later ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
Anyone who has read Xenophon on Socrates will already have doubts as to how well Plato really portrays his mentor. Popper's book is interesting therefore in his alternative theory of Plato's philosophies and intentions for portraying Socrates as he does.
In itself Popper doesn't teach us anything about Plato's theories that we didn't already know or suspect. Plato's ideal republic simply isn't the sort of place any modern person would want to live in or want anyone else to live in. It's good however to see somebody looking more into the 'why' than the 'what' in regards to this famous philosopher. ( )
  ecumenicalcouncil | Jun 1, 2014 |
In his second volume Poper turns his attention to the more modern philosophers Hegel and Marx. Again Poppers book doesn't tell anyone who has read Hegel or Marx things they didn't already know or suspect. What's interesting is the way Popper manages to place these philosophers and men into their time and place in history, They way he clearly sees why their theories fall and his suggestions for a successful way forward for an open society, many of which are common place in western democracies. It's also interesting to note Popper doesn't portray Marx as a 'bad' man. Flawed in his theories but not evil as is often insinuated in western philosophy classes. ( )
  ecumenicalcouncil | Jun 1, 2014 |
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Written in political exile during the Second World War and first published in 1945, Karl Popper's The Open Society and Its Enemies is one of the most influential books of the twentieth century. Hailed by Bertrand Russell as a 'vigorous and profound defence of democracy', its now legendary attack on the philosophies of Plato, Hegel and Marx exposed the dangers inherent in centrally planned political systems. Popper's highly accessible style, his erudite and lucid explanations of the thought of great philosophers and the recent resurgence of totalitarian regimes around the world are just three of the reasons for the enduring popularity of The Open Society and Its Enemies, and for why it demands to be read both today and in years to come. This is the second of two volumes of The Open Society and Its Enemies.

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One of the most important books of the twentieth century, Karl Popper's The Open Society and Its Enemies is an uncompromising defense of liberal democracy and a powerful attack on the intellectual origins of totalitarianism. Popper 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. An immediate sensation when it was first published in two volumes in 1945, Popper's monumental achievement has attained legendary status on both the Left and Right and is credited with inspiring anticommunist dissidents during the Cold War. Arguing that the spirit of free, critical inquiry that governs scientific investigation should also apply to politics, Popper traces the roots of an opposite, authoritarian tendency to a tradition represented by Plato, Marx, and Hegel. In a substantial new introduction written for this edition, acclaimed political philosopher Alan Ryan puts Popper's landmark work in biographical, intellectual, and historical context. Also included is a personal essay by eminent art historian E. H. Gombrich, in which he recounts the story of the book's eventual publication despite numerous rejections and wartime deprivations.--… (more)

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