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 excellent thinker being affected by an highbrow sizeable - father, mentor, and rival, all while. His next uprising and announcement 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 ebook captures like this one the highbrow pleasure round the Popper circle within the Fifties and the struggles of the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen 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 contains additionally Popper's and Agassi's final correspondence and, in a postscript it indicates Agassi leafing via Popper's documents, achieving a type of reconciliation, a suitable finishing to the drama. A needs to learn. Malachi Hacohen, Duke collage
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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”. My review of that volume [Agassi, 1988, 341-4] shows that there is no such thing: Watkins was constrained by the limitation to the possible loyalty to two masters and friends, even though he finally learned to be friendlier. All is well that ends well.
Einstein notices that Galileo’s significance is in that he had refused to base science on authority. They both spoke against the intrusion of politics into science as a threat to the freedom of thought. The problem remains: what is the right attitude to it? Should we defend science? Not as the right answers. How then? Not as very good but merely as the very best we have thus far. To defend science at Galileo’s difficult time was necessary. In Einstein’s view, to defend science today is superfluous and distasteful to the aware of the immense power of the contemporary scientific community and of the heavy responsibility that they should shoulder but scarcely 8 The defects of the standard science textbooks are too many to list, but let me make a stab at it.
Once he had amassed power, he promised me, he would right this wrong and more. One never amasses enough power, especially if one dies young ņ as, regrettably, he did. 13 Public relations demand support for ad hoc hypotheses, forcing researchers to be publicly defensive even as they privately try to do better [Agassi, 2003, 152-3]. The beautiful starting point of Lakatos was his effort to make sense of the up-to-date handbook’s barely comprehensible, tortured definition of the polyhedron by searching for the counterexamples excluded by qualifications added in the course of the centuries to the obvious, initial definition.
A Philosophers Apprentice: In Karl Poppers Workshop (Series in the Philosophy of Karl R. Popper and Critical Rationalism, 5) by Joseph Agassi