The Open Society and Its Enemies

The Open Society and Its EnemiesOne 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. The Open Society and Its Enemies The Open Society and its Enemies 1 2 , Karl PopperSir Karl Raimund Popper 28 July 1902 17 September 1994 was an Austrian British philosopher and professor 2002 1364 1396 20 1364 616 1376 This is a deeply contradictory book, which is at times wise, measured, and methodological, and yet at other times deeply flawed and irritating This was a book incubated during the Second World War, an epistemological look at the origins of totalitarianism He claims that the enemies of the open society , or an egalitarian liberal democracy, have in common a historical philosophy he defines as historicism , an attempt to codify historical laws or phenomenon, but not an a basis consistent with the scientific method This historicism leads to a grand universal reform of society, and often the end of individual freedoms along with individual responsibility, and an attempt to return to the early tribalist societies which characterized humanity at the very beginning of its existence, with the demands of the group over the individual, and perhaps one leader who makes unilateral decisions This idea is at least plausible.He reaches back to the very beginnings of Western philosophical history, by placing it on Plato He combines Plato s theory of
. This is an incredibly great book for four different reasons Popper explains Plato, Aristotle, Hegel and Marx distinctly historicism is demolished the Popperian nature of science is expounded and the madness of today is understood through his 1938 1945 interpretation of the past both as he presents his historical interpretations and as a meta history a history about a history through how we today see what he saw because we see the world from our perspective of today as he saw his world through his own time lens.Facetiously I can say, you re neurotic and have psychological problems since you deny your own neurosis because you repress it since you obviously deny it If you don t, then you would admit to being neurotic, and then I would also know you are neurotic by your own testimony Popper, of course, in this book mocks psychoanalysis by pointing out its catch 22 pseudo scientific roots There was a surprisingly large amount of philosophy of science in this book even though its main thrust was fascism, Marxism and the falseness of historicism and the enemies of an open society Popper will present Plato s Republi
Academic bullshit Completely detached from historical facts Facts as much important than opinions. . Wow That was a book I did not think I was going to get through Some parts I just really comprehended easily, some I had to go back and reread I m sure part of the reason is my complete lack of knowledge, beyond pop culture snippets, of that historical era But I do have this to say, that I agree with Poppers criticism of power,authority, totalitarianism, and his view of an open society.What I think this book did
Popper is a major influence on my scientific and political outlook He is an antidote to the hypnotic siren of utopian ideologies His defense against illiberal ideologies should be required reading for all High School and College students His key ideas are the distinction between laws of nature and normative conventions, His idea that a liberal society must not try to clear the decks and start from scratch He calls this Utopian Social Engineering, Popper early in his life was friendly to social democracy but found the Marxist apocalyptic approach to a socialist utopia highly destructive and contrary to its stated goals I also got a big take away that collective action while pragmatic in achieving objectives and redistributionist policy permissible and useful under quite a range of circumstances the open society ultimately rests on individuals only individual persons feel the sting of injustice, not the state, or group or a class or race While states, classes, groups, or races certainly are issues and can be foci of policy ultimately individuals are the center of a conception of a just and open society Classes or races or the state are not above them importance in an open society The state is a tool to help its members, not the reverse Popper shows the p
Ponerle una puntuaci n menor a este libro solo por mis propias ideas pol ticas ser a enga arme a m mismo y a todos los interesados en leerlo Antes de escribir esto he estado leyendo cr ticas y comentarios al mismo en varios portales diferentes y me doy cuenta de que, probablemente, ninguno de los que lo ponen como manual fundamental o lo denostan como ataque a sus ideas lo han entendido bien Eso si lo han le do, claro, aunque entender a que no lo hicieran porque a ratos es una traves a en el desierto.Este libro me lo regal por un cumplea os, hace ya tiempo, una persona que se defin a a s misma como anarcocapitalista, dici ndome que era su obra de cabecera sobre c mo deber an funcionar las cosas Varios pol ticos de un partido conservador me han alabado por leerlo, y un neomarxista me ha dicho que no deber a hacerlo Como os digo, sospecho que nadie lo ha terminado de entender yo s porque soy muy listo, pero los dem s no A mi humilde parecer, el ataque que el autor realiza contra Plato, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel y Karl Marx no habla en ning n momento de capitalismo sin l mites ni de conservadurismo ni de que los marxistas son el
This is one of those books that have inspired many generations of bad readings of Plato, Hegel, and Heraclitus Popper clearly becomes victim of his own critique The history of philosophy in the west is forced to support his thesis I would even go so far as to call his presentation irresponsible.

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  • 755 pages
  • The Open Society and Its Enemies
  • Karl Popper
  • English
  • 09 May 2017
  • 9780691158136