The Open Society and Its Enemies, Volume 1 : The Spell of Plato (Відкрите суспільство #1)
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Platonism is hard to summarize concisely, but roughly amounts to an ontology (that is, the study of reality) which is grounded in the concept of the "form", that of an idealized and unchanging entity which is the pure, unadulterated essence of all objects in reality....more
People have tried to defend Plato against Popper's savage attack on his political theories, but it's pretty hard really. Plato was polit...more
A fantastically written and powerfully relevant book. Popper lays the groundwork for a larger critique of historicism, an idea prevalent in the social sciences that claims history follows some set of logical or scientific laws that allow us to predict the future or make knowledge claims about how we ought to achieve societal and political change. Popper has in mind a critique primarily of Marx and Hegel and their theories of history, but in this volume, he opts for an in depth look at Plato's Re...more
My criticisms are not of Popper's treatment of Plato, but of some of his other contentions on the subject of individualism/collectivism and ethics. Popper himself creates a table in which individualism is opposed to colle...more
I've read most of Plato's w...more
Apart from proposing this simple and attractive program of developing our society, Popper paints an interesting an...more
I would like to read the other volume of The Open Society and Its Enemies, on Hegel and Marx, but don't yet have it.
Popper, curiously enough, makes the same arguments regarding Plato as those which got me kicked out of my 'Ideas of the Ancient Greeks' class in college. Highly recommended.