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Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography

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A brilliant account of the life of one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century, Popper explains the central ideas in his work, making this ideal reading for anyone coming to his life and work for the first time.

Hardcover, 255 pages
Published December 31st 1976 by Not Avail (first published 1976)
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*With my unique friend, Seong-il. August, the 31st, 2016.
*With my unique friend, Seong-il. August, the 31st, 2016.
*I was lucky to get the chance to spend three nights in Vienna, and visiting university of Vienna was in the top of my list, and that's only to have a picture with the statue of my mentor who I've never met, Sir Karl Popper! I was searching among the statues of the great scientists at the university campus until I found my man! I sat in peace smiling and smoking then my eyes caught that guy who was doing exactly the same as I did! I immedi
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Abby
Sep 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Required reading for school (again). Author is a philosopher of science who has an unfortunate tendency to assume that the average reader has the same knowledge base of philosophy as he has. The ideas themselves are fairly interesting, but the presentation nearly obscures them at times. A very frustrating read and a book that I would not recommend unless you have severe insomnia.
Bruce Caithness
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Unended Quest" provides a lucid summary of the broad themes of Popper's work along with some background he has provided of his life. I don't think one can overstate the contribution Popper has made to the theory of knowledge, even if many philosophers seem to ignore him after making, perhaps, offhand comments against his criticism of induction. I suppose they would be prickly as, as W.W.Bartley says, if Popper is even remotely on the right track many professional philosophers have simply wasted ...more
Eric
Jun 14, 2010 added it
I feel guilty for saying this, but I find this book to be really boring and am having trouble making myself slog through it.

Certainly like the whole "reality exists" idea though.

(Later on).

Relieved to have finished the book. It sort of picks up after the bit where he talks about his ideas about music. Again a feeling of embarrassment, as though I were a kid who would only read books if they had pictures in them, I often found myself being much more interested in Popper's life story than his idea
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Lysergius
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: autobiography
This is a book worth reading and rereading, for Karl Popper is one of those thinkers like a magician, forever pulling rabbits from hats. He belongs to that school on middle European thinkers steeped in the modernist enlightenment. There is really no topic that he has not thought about and few on which he is unable to cast light.

This is the wrong forum for a long dissertation upon Popper, his work, his influence on the philosophy of science or politics, but it is a measure of the man that he can
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umberto
Sep 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, philosophy
Reading this 40-chapter “Unended Quest” by Karl Popper was enriching and stimulating since the book “recounts these moments and many others in the life of one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. … Yet it is as an introduction to Popper’s philosophy that "Unended Quest" shines. …” (back cover) However, the contents from Chapter 31 (Objectivity and Criticism) towards Chapter 40 (The Place of Values in a World of Facts) seemed to focus on his philosophy gradually and theoreti ...more
Meiska Amouse
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: another-life
My first time reading this ~2003 it was a frustrating experience. I did, at the time, really enjoy the chapter about his musical interests. Rereading over a decade later and found it to have subtle charms throughout
Brenton
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very challenging biography of one of the greatest philosophers of science in the twentieth century. Popper is best known for overthrowing positivism and for his falsification criterion.
Edouard
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I conjecture that the origin of life and the origin of problems coincide."
Muhammad Arqum
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karl Popper was a Jewish pupil of an old cabinet maker who knew everything. Who asked historical questions only to answer them himself.
"I believe I learned more about the theory of knowledge from my dear omniscient master Adalbert Pösch than from any other of my teachers. None did so much to turn me into a disciple of Socrates. For it was my master who taught me not only how very little I knew but also that any wisdom to which I might ever aspire could consist only in realizing more fully the i
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