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Preview — The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper
The Open Society and Its Enemies
In volume one, Popper uses Plato's writings, quoted extensively, to indict Plato very effectively as an advocate of totalitarianism. In this volume, it is Hegel and Marx that are up on charges of abandoning reason for historicism, Popper's term for a mythological belief that there i ...more
Popper fled the Nazi takeover of Austria, and set out to write a book that would somehow fight bad ideologies. He succeeded. If only anyone actually read it.
Open Society begins with an attack on Plato. Popper argues that we need to realize that Plato chose Sparta over Athens, and every other vaguely cosmopolitan city. He spends time describing just how controlled, misogynistic, and totalitarian Spartan life really was. Popper then moves on to show ...more
"It should perhaps be admitted that the Heraclitean ethics, the doctrine that the higher reward is that which only posterity can offer, may in some way perhaps be slightly superior to an ethical doctrine which teaches us to look out for reward now. But it is not what we need. We need an ethics which defies success and reward. And such an ethics need not be invented. It is not new. It has been taught by Christianity, at least in its beginnings. It is, again, taught by the industrial ...more
I still feel that His attack on the particular concept is not always rigorous but occasionally the other are pre ...more
Having been raised in an authoritarian Communist culture in Austria, Popper rejected "historicism" in ascertaining that the growth of human knowledge is a causal factor in the evolution of human history, and since "no society can predict, scientifically, its ow...more
First, although it's clear that Popper abhors historicism, his treatment ...more
Hegel, according to Popper, was a scam. He developed a collectivist, historicist philosophy ...more
I finally understood the reactionary philosophy of Hegel leading to two world wars and how the profound analyses of Marx could turn (or be turned) into the totalitarism of Stalin.
Ironically, Popper spends a great deal of time justifying what I see to be the largest threa ...more