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Bitmeyen Arayış: Entelektüel Bir Otobiyografi

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“Çalışma alanı yelpazesinde veya kalitesinde Karl Popper’a rakip başka bir felsefeci yok… Siyaset, bilim, sanat… Popper’ın çalışmalarıyla aydınlatılmamış çok az düşünce alanı kalmıştır.”
– Bryan Magee

Bu kitap, sekiz yaşındayken sonsuzluk fikrine kafası takılan, on beşine geldiğinde babasının kütüphanesine dadanmış bir zihnin bitmeyen arayışının hikayesi. İki büyük dünya
Paperback, 2. Baskı, 357 pages
Published July 15th 2019 by Serbest Kitaplar (first published 1974)
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Yassin Omar يس
*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
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.
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
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
Brendan Shea
A good, though perhaps not excellent, introduction to Popper's thinking on issues like the problem of demarcation (and the role of falsificationism in solving it), the nature of theories, political philosophy, evolutionary theory, and the role of metaphysics in science. There is also a good amount of biographical info in here, especially on Popper's early years in Vienna (among other things, Popper almost became a professional musician).

My reservations about the book are primarily due to
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, memoir
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 ...more
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a bit of a ramble of Poppers ideas, which isn't necassarily a bad thing since he has so many good one. It's probably one of Popper's funnest books, in that it's a lighter read but still full of interesting thoughts, and if you like the idea of reading an intellectual autobigraphy it'll scratch that itch. But it's main merit is unfortunately very much the biographical element--it's fun to see where the ideas come from. As far as Popper books goes there are many deeper and more ...more
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is all over the place. Well, of course it's all about Popper, but it is as much about the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics as it is about political philosophy. If you want to know about a certain part of Popper's philosophy, I'd advise you to find a more themed book. However, the account of how certain episodes in Popper's life shaped his thought were quite interesting. So as an autobiography, I give it three stars.
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
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.
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
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Popper walks through the publication of his works and development of his philosophy. Why he left psychology and the quest for the meaning of words: "it is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood" any attempt for more precision or clarity as ends themselves is pointless, "if greater precision is needed it is because the problem demands it... problems can only be solved with the help of new ideas" not better/more precise definitions of words.

Dogma vs critical thinking:
Alejandro Teruel
What you think of this book will very much depend on where you are coming from and what you are looking for. If you are more interesting the autobiographical aspects of this book, then you will probably enjoy the first twenty five or so chapters -even as you marvel at Popper's reticence- and feel the book falls apart in the last ten chapters. It is an intellectual autobiography, which means that Popper is more interested in writing about the genesis, development, and sharpening of his ideas on ...more
Tomislav Kos
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Autobiografija filozofa za kojeg do pred godinu dvije nisam ni znao, a onda se počeo spominjati u knjigama kako sam ih čitao. Imao je dosta širi krug interesa od same filozofije, neke čudne i nove ideje, utjecao na moderne filozofe i znanstvenike, pa zašto ne pročitati šta kaže o sebi.
Kroz tekst se povremeno osjeti dosta velik ego, to je možda jedina zamjerka. Kompleksnost nekih dijelova je prilična, naročito oko kvantne mehanike, ali to je kratko, samo navodi primjere, nije potrebno predznanje.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Oh God did I need some Popper in my life. His rational epistemology is such a welcome balm from the antifoundationalism/humanism/dialecticalmaterialism/irrationalscientism/subjectivism we get these days. Not that I agree with everything here, but what a great introduction to the philosophy and metaphysics of Popper. As scientists cling dearer to their irrational pet beliefs (nothing wrong with that, we all do it - but a scientist should hold truth most dear (science itself being more and more ...more
Luis Celhay
After giving my lowest rating ever in “Goodreads” I have to say I really liked the postcript of the book, even if the rest is just a compendium of loose ideas if not outright speculation (On of my favorite books is “The Open Society and its enemies” so I hold the author to a very high standards).

“I know very well that much is wrong in our Western society. But I still have no doubt that it is the best that ever existes”.

“The intellectuals are rightly progressive; but progress is not easy to
Toomas Tuul
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Occasionally light-hearted, but always deep in philosophy.
The autobiographical parts (about one third of the book) are a great way to understand the context of Poppers' other work, but philosophical parts (the other two thirds) require extensive knowledge of Poppers' favourite subjects (physics, philosophy, epistemology and logics) to actually understand. Readers are expected to have read most of his earlier work.
Christopher Elliott
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aquired
I started on 'The Open Society and Its Enemies' and then Pocket Popper before getting this recommendation from David Deutsch's Twitter Feed. Popper's Autobiography was the perfect (accessible) introduction to his ideas. With this context I think the Pocket Popper will be much more interesting.
Garrick Anderson
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't have enough of a formal background in philosophy to have understood all of what transpired in this book, but I found much to think about and mull over and discuss.
Abraham Lewik
Let's be clear, it is an !intellectual! biography. So although Mr. Popper met Einstein, Oppenheim, Mach (as in who Mach speed is named after), and fled Austria during the invasion of WWII, this is about him trying to describe how his mind matured, and not that one time Einstein farted in a lecture or something so human.

Karl Poppers' work on the scientific method is demonstration of the worth of philosophy, an inspiration. Mr. Popper developed improvements of the scientific method, how to create
La autobiografía intelectual de Popper es una gran obra introductoria para aquellos que no son familiares a su obra, pero también es una gran fuente de material para entender algunos de los procesos que generaron sus contribuciones mas importantes en las áreas de episcopologio, filosofía política y de la ciencia, probabilidad y su visión en general realista.

El libro narra los diversos encuentros intelectuales de Popper con otros pensadores y cientificos de la época como Niels Bohr, Albert
Oct 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Versão Portuguesa : Busca Inacabada

Considero o livro muito interessante embora com algumas passagens quase inacessíveis para um leitor não muito versado em filosofia e na ciência.

Por outro lado, gostei muito de conhecer o percurso de vida do Karl Popper e acho que fiquei ainda melhor elucidado sobre como esse percurso moldou o seu extraordinário pensamento.

Claro que aprecio muito o seu optimismo e o seu gosto imenso pela VIDA e pelo regime democrático, coisas que partilho com Popper.
Mar 15, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the philosophy of Karl Popper, and The Logic of Scientific Discovery has made a big impact on my life as a young scientist in training. However, asking famous philosophers to wax-reminiscent about their life experiences may be somewhat ill-advised. He comes of as somewhat of a self-effacing, yet pompous know-it-all. Kind of a disappointing read.
Craig Bolton
Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography by Karl Raimund Popper (1982)
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic intro to popper's philosophy. Not a biography in the conventional sense. His life is his work; the book is a collection of problems he has solved and wants to solve.
Apr 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allwissenheit und menschliche Fehlbarkeit.
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