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 Fifties London, a tender outstanding thinker suffering from an highbrow large - father, mentor, and rival, all while. His next uprising and statement of independence results in a painful holiday, by no means to be thoroughly healed. No different author has Agassi's mental perception into Popper, and no different e-book 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 - even if one consents 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 data, attaining a kind of reconciliation, a suitable finishing to the drama. A needs to learn. Malachi Hacohen, Duke college
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The conversation had nowhere to go. He realized that. He probably realized that there and then; if not then, then the next morning when I approached the breakfast table he and Lady Popper were occupying at the hotel where they were staying and bade them a very friendly farewell. ) Yet on the previous night, just before our grim conversation was over, the philosopher made a request: just at the end of our very last conversation ever, he asked me to ensure that the embarrassment that had taken place in the public meeting a day earlier would not happen again.
It exudes contempt for metaphysics ņ taking no notice of its own faith in rationalist metaphysics, namely, in the faith in the siblinghood of humanity, in the ability to reason, and in the right and duty to do so. 3 Newton was ambivalent [Manuel, 1968]. " Faraday said [Bence Jones, 1870, 1:54] [Gladstone, 1872, 5], “My desire to … enter into the service of Science, which I imagined made its pursuers amiable and liberal, induced me … to take the bold and simple step of writing to Sir H. Davy, expressing my wishes, and hope that … he would favour my views … At the same time that he gratified my desires as to scientific employment, he still advised me [against it] …, telling me that Science was a harsh mistress … He smiled at my notion of the superior moral feelings of the philosophic men, and said he would leave me to the experience of a few years to set me right on that matter".
The critically minded authors often mention possible criticisms of their views and answer them. At times some critics repeat these criticisms as their own and as unanswerable. Deception of this kind happened to Marx and to Popper. 14 Feyerabend’s work is still interesting [Agassi, 2003, 351-4]. See [Farrell, 2000, abstract], “I … trace the development of Feyerabend’s philosophy in terms of a commitment to the central Popperian themes of criticism and critical explanatory progress. This commitment led Feyerabend to reject Popper’s specific methodology in favour of a pluralistic methodology, but the commitment to the central values of criticism and critical explanatory progress remained.
A Philosophers Apprentice: In Karl Poppers Workshop (Series in the Philosophy of Karl R. Popper and Critical Rationalism, 5) by Joseph Agassi