By Karl Popper
Conjectures and Refutations is one in all Karl Popper's so much wide-ranging and well known works, awesome not just for its acute perception into the way in which medical wisdom grows, but in addition for employing these insights to politics and to historical past. It offers one of many clearest and such a lot obtainable statements of the basic concept that guided his paintings: not just our wisdom, yet our goals and our criteria, develop via an never-ending technique of trial and blunder.
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It would have been easy to get rid of the tell-tale style of the lecturer, but I thought that my readers would rather make allowances for that style than feel that they had not been taken into the author's confidence. I have let a few repetitions stand so that every chapter of the book remains self-contained. As a hint to prospective reviewers I have also included a review--a severely critical one; it forms the last chapter of the book. I have excluded all those papers which presuppose acquaintance on the part of the reader with technicalities in the field of logic, probability theory, etc.
Prominent among these, of course, are the doctrines of religion. It is surprising to find how unoriginal this Marxist theory is. The wicked and fraudulent priest who keeps the people in ignorance was a stock figure of the eighteenth century and, I am afraid, one of the inspirations of liberalism. It can be traced back to the protestant belief in the conspiracy of the Roman Church, and also to the beliefs of those dissenters who held similar views about the Established Church. ) This curious belief in a conspiracy is the almost inevitable consequence of -7- the optimistic belief that truth, and therefore goodness, must prevail if only truth is given a fair chance.
How are the two sides of this table connected? If we look at the left side of the table, we find there the word 'Definitions'. But a definition is a kind of statement or judgment or proposition, and therefore one of those things which stand on the right side of our table. ) The fact that definitions, which occur on the left side of our table, are nevertheless statements suggests that somehow they may form a link between the left and the right side of the table. That they do this is, indeed, part of that philosophic doctrine to which I have given the name 'essentialism'.