By Joseph Agassi
Either a Popper biography and an autobiography, Agassi's A Philosopher's Apprentice tells the riveting tale of his highbrow formation in Nineteen Fifties London, a tender great thinker being affected by an highbrow titanic - father, mentor, and rival, all even as. His next uprising and announcement of independence ends up in a painful holiday, by no means to be thoroughly healed. No different author has Agassi's mental perception into Popper, and no different publication captures like this one the highbrow pleasure round the Popper circle within the Fifties and the struggles of the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies - own, educational, political, all vital philosophically. Agassi's Popper - no matter if one is of the same opinion with it or now not - is a gigantic contribution to scholarship. This moment revised version comprises additionally Popper's and Agassi's final correspondence and, in a postscript it indicates Agassi leafing via Popper's files, achieving a type of reconciliation, a suitable finishing to the drama. A needs to learn. Malachi Hacohen, Duke collage
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In my first year in the university, however, I had no one to consult, and I was left behind almost at once. I was poorly prepared for classes, and more so for student social life, including the intense courting of female students (they were then more scarce than now, especially in the exact sciences) and the even more intense political activity (that was the norm then, in the exciting and turbulent last days of the incompetent, treacherous British rule in Mandatory Palestine). I broke down. I went into what is technically known as ambulatory or sub-clinical severe depression ņ hebephrenic, I suppose.
And ideas of Plato are of interest for the foundations of mathematics. This still leaves much for further discussion. Descartes’ ideas are of importance for many fields. So is the idea of the siblinghood of humanity. 9 Yet the persistence of the defense of science poses the following important problem (unless one dares assume that there is nothing more to the contemporary defense of science that so many philosophers still engage in than the pleasure of playing it safe). Why is the defense of science still so popular?
21 Watkins appears there as a supporter of the philosophies of science of both Popper and Lakatos. Bartley’s contribution to the volume in memory of Lakatos says that Lakatos had added nothing to this field, except for some catchy expressions. Watkins defended Lakatos’ alleged philosophy of science not by answering Bartley or by restating Lakatos’ contributions to the field, but by the use, in a volume devoted to Lakatos’ alleged contributions, of the doubtful epithet “the London School of Economics position”.
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