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.
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.
Sri Aurobindo was an Indian nationalist, philosopher, yogi, guru, and poet. This book is an enquiry into the integral philosophy of Aurobindo and its contemporary relevance. It offers a reading of Aurobindo’s key texts by bringing them into conversation with religious studies and the hermeneutical traditions. The central argument is that Aurobindo’s integral philosophy is best understood as a hermeneutical philosophy of religion. Such an understanding of Aurobindo’s philosophy, offering both substantive and methodological insights for the academic study of religion, subdivides into three interrelated aims. The first is to demonstrate that the power of the Aurobindonian vision lies in its self-conception as a traditionary-hermeneutical enquiry into religion; the second, to draw substantive insights from Aurobindo’s enquiry to envision a way beyond the impasse within the current religious-secular debate in the academic study of religion. Working out of the condition of secularism, the dominant secularists demand the abandonment of the category ‘religion’ and the dismantling of the academic discipline of religious studies. Aurobindo’s integral work on ‘religion’, arising out of the Vedānta tradition, critiques the condition of secularity that undergirds the religious-secular debate. Finally, informed by the hermeneutical tradition and building on the methodological insights from Aurobindo's integral method, the book explores a hermeneutical approach for the study of religion which is dialogical in nature. This book will be of interest to academics studying Religious Studies, Philosophy of Religion, Continental Hermeneutics, Modern India, Modern Hinduism as well as South Asian Studies.
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.
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.
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.
Social Science by Jean Claude Gardin,Christopher Spalding Peebles
English summary: With the publication of Fruhe Schriften (1925-1936) all publications and all preserved - and fairly complete - manuscripts written in Popper's formative years in Vienna are at long last made easily available. During that period, the focus of Popper's interest changed from education and the psychology of knowledge to the theory of knowledge. This intellectual development is documented by Fruhen Schriften which includes papers from those early days, when he was an obscure student at the Pedagogical Institute of Vienna, and up to those days, when - after the publication of Logik der Forschung (1934) - he was to become a rather well-known philosopher who involved himself in hectic discussions with Heisenberg, v. Weizsacker, Einstein, and Bohr on the interpretation of quantum mechanics and who also lectured and participated in discussions at the First and Second International Congress for the Unity of Science (Paris 1935; Copenhagen 1936). German description: Mit dieser Ausgabe der Fruhen Schriften (1925-1936) werden alle Veroffentlichungen und alle erhaltenen Manuskripte aus den Jahren Karl Poppers in Wien endlich zuganglich gemacht. In der Wiener Zeit verschob sich Poppers Interesse von der Erziehung und der Psychologie des Wissens hin zur Theorie des Wissens. Diese intellektuelle Entwicklung lasst sich anhand der Fruhen Schriften nachvollziehen, die zum einen Texte aus den Jahren enthalten, in denen Karl Popper ein unbekannter Student am Padagogischen Institut der Stadt Wien war. Ebenso sind hier Schriften aus der Zeit nach der Veroffentlichung der Logik der Forschung (1934) zu finden, als er ein bedeutender Philosoph wurde, der mit Heisenberg, v. Weizsacker, Einstein und Bohr angeregte Diskussionen uber die Quantenmechanik fuhrte und am Ersten und am Zweiten Internationalen Kongress fur die Einheit der Wissenschaft (Paris 1935; Kopenhagen 1936) teilnahm.Fur die Ausgabe wurden die Literaturangaben Poppers uberpruft; ein Nachwort schildert die Entstehung der Texte; Zeittafel und Register erschliessen den Band.