An Introduction to the Thought of Karl Popper

Author: Roberta Corvi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134793707

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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This is a comprehensive introduction to the philosophical and political thought of Karl Popper, now available in English. It is divided into three parts; the first part provides a biography of Popper; the second part looks at his works and recurrent themes, and the third part assesses his critics. It was approved of by Popper himself as a sympathetic and comprehensive study, and will be ideal to meet the increasing demand for a summary introduction to his work.
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Unended Quest

An Intellectual Autobiography

Author: Karl Popper

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134449712

Category: Philosophy

Page: 328

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At the age of eight, Karl Popper was puzzling over the idea of infinity and by fifteen was beginning to take a keen interest in his father's well-stocked library of books. Unended Quest recounts these moments and many others in the life of one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century, providing an indispensable account of the ideas that influenced him most. As an introduction to Popper's philosophy, Unended Quest also shines. Popper lucidly explains the central ideas in his work, making this book ideal for anyone coming to Popper's life and work for the first time.
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The Lever of Riches

Technological Creativity and Economic Progress

Author: Joel Mokyr

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019987946X

Category: History

Page: 368

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In a world of supercomputers, genetic engineering, and fiber optics, technological creativity is ever more the key to economic success. But why are some nations more creative than others, and why do some highly innovative societies--such as ancient China, or Britain in the industrial revolution--pass into stagnation? Beginning with a fascinating, concise history of technological progress, Mokyr sets the background for his analysis by tracing the major inventions and innovations that have transformed society since ancient Greece and Rome. What emerges from this survey is often surprising: the classical world, for instance, was largely barren of new technology, the relatively backward society of medieval Europe bristled with inventions, and the period between the Reformation and the Industrial Revolution was one of slow and unspectacular progress in technology, despite the tumultuous developments associated with the Voyages of Discovery and the Scientific Revolution. What were the causes of technological creativity? Mokyr distinguishes between the relationship of inventors and their physical environment--which determined their willingness to challenge nature--and the social environment, which determined the openness to new ideas. He discusses a long list of such factors, showing how they interact to help or hinder a nation's creativity, and then illustrates them by a number of detailed comparative studies, examining the differences between Europe and China, between classical antiquity and medieval Europe, and between Britain and the rest of Europe during the industrial revolution. He examines such aspects as the role of the state (the Chinese gave up a millennium-wide lead in shipping to the Europeans, for example, when an Emperor banned large ocean-going vessels), the impact of science, as well as religion, politics, and even nutrition. He questions the importance of such commonly-cited factors as the spill-over benefits of war, the abundance of natural resources, life expectancy, and labor costs. Today, an ever greater number of industrial economies are competing in the global market, locked in a struggle that revolves around technological ingenuity. The Lever of Riches, with its keen analysis derived from a sweeping survey of creativity throughout history, offers telling insights into the question of how Western economies can maintain, and developing nations can unlock, their creative potential.
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The Mind of the Universe

Understanding Science and Religion

Author: Mariano Artigas

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy

Page: 364

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The Mind of the Universe, written by a philosopher and physicist, provides a study in which a competent presentation of physical discoveries is combined with a rational search for philosophical presuppositions of science. An important contribution to the dialogue between religion and science, it will inspire new attempts at bridging science and philosophy in their common search for the hidden meaning of the new scientific theories.
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Sociological Abstracts

Author: Leo P. Chall

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Sociology

Page: N.A

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CSA Sociological Abstracts abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,800+ serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.
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Knowledge and knowing in library and information science

a philosophical framework

Author: John Budd

Publisher: Scarecrow Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 361

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This book is intended to serve two purposes that are vital to library and information science (LIS) today. One purpose is that of critique. As part of the critique, the intellectual heritage of LIS is examined; the purpose is to gain understanding of how thought and action have developed to become what they are today. The other purpose is generative. Building on philosophical and sociological progress, a framework for thought and action is proposed. That framework centers on a re-vision of the nature of being that is part of LIS, with interpretation being central to practice and research.
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Behaviorism

Mind, Mechanism and Society

Author: J. E. R. Staddon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: N.A

Category: Behaviorism

Page: 128

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