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 great thinker being affected by an highbrow mammoth - father, mentor, and rival, all even as. 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 ebook captures like this one the highbrow pleasure round the Popper circle within the Nineteen Fifties and the struggles of the Sixties and Seventies - own, educational, political, all vital philosophically. Agassi's Popper - even if one is of the same opinion with it or no longer - is a gigantic contribution to scholarship. This moment revised variation comprises additionally Popper's and Agassi's final correspondence and, in a postscript it exhibits Agassi leafing via Popper's information, achieving a kind of reconciliation, a suitable finishing to the drama. A needs to learn. Malachi Hacohen, Duke collage
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Extra info for A Philosophers Apprentice: In Karl Poppers Workshop (Series in the Philosophy of Karl R. Popper and Critical Rationalism, 5)
He felt unease about his ad hoc addition of his Ȝ (lambda) to his gravitational equations to account for the expansion of the universe and was greatly relieved to learn from Alexander Friedman that he could dispense with it. 46 Chapter Two prevented me from ever seeing the allure of the philosophy of Pierre Duhem and Henri Poincaré, all their strong arguments in its favor notwithstanding, not to mention Thomas S. ) This blanket approval is vulgar. 12 Being no temptation to me, it still is a challenge for those who do not disregard the strongest argument in its favor: it tallies with the ubiquity of such measures in science.
One of the few bright moments I spent with the philosopher some years afterwards, was during a visit to him that I made while passing through England. As we were strolling in his large garden on his lovely lawn, I said to him, I would not ask him to publish critical comments on any of my publications but would take it to be the greatest honor he could possibly bestow on me were he to do so. He liked my sentiment and said it was well put. I now think he meant he was not going to grant me the honor and was glad to learn I could live with this.
In any case, it was he who had initiated it as he had wished to decide for himself how serious was my criticism of the ideas of our joint and beloved teacher. He did not reopen the discussion ņ then or on any other occasion. 17 Most of the time he was on closer terms with Bartley than I happened to be ņ or so I understand: I am not very familiar 16 Upholding the value of criticism, Shaw says [Shaw, 1965], “the difficulty is to distinguish between the critic and the criminal or lunatic …” Popper viewed his critics among his former students as not serious, as having ulterior motives.
A Philosophers Apprentice: In Karl Poppers Workshop (Series in the Philosophy of Karl R. Popper and Critical Rationalism, 5) by Joseph Agassi