Who is Karl Popper?

  • (noun): British philosopher (born in Austria) who argued that scientific theories can never be proved to be true, but are tested by attempts to falsify them (1902-1994).

Karl Popper

Sir Karl Raimund Popper, CH FRS FBA (28 July 1902 – 17 September 1994) was an Austro-British philosopher and professor at the London School of Economics. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of science of the 20th century. He also wrote extensively on social and political philosophy. In 1992 he was awarded the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy for "symbolizing the open spirit of the 20th century" and for his "enormous influence on the formation of the modern intellectual climate".

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Karl Popper - Criticism - Other Criticism
... It has been argued that Popper's student Imre Lakatos transformed Popper's philosophy using historicism and updated Hegelian historiographic ideas ... Ludwig Wittgenstein was accused of brandishing a poker at Popper during a meeting of the Cambridge Moral Sciences Club, when they argued about whether issues in ... friends say he was merely handling a poker, but Popper used the situation to make a joke at Wittgenstein's expense ...
List Of Liberal Theorists - Mill and Further, The Development of (international) Liberalism - Karl Popper
... Karl Raimund Popper (Austria/United Kingdom, 1902–1994) developed the idea of the open society, characterized by respect for a wide variety of opinions and behaviors and a preference for ... while the open society mirrors the methodological fallibilism pioneered by Popper in his earlier works on philosophy of science ...
Propensity Probability - History - Karl Popper
... A later propensity theory was proposed by philosopher Karl Popper, who had only slight acquaintance with the writings of Charles S ... Popper noted that the outcome of a physical experiment is produced by a certain set of "generating conditions" ... For Popper then, a deterministic experiment would have propensity 0 or 1 for each outcome, since those generating conditions would have same outcome on each trial ...
Social Engineering (political Science) - Karl Popper
... Open Society and Its Enemies, volume I, The Spell of Plato, Karl Popper examined the application of the critical and rational methods of science to the problems of the open society ... Popper wrote the piecemeal engineer will adopt the method of searching for, and fighting against, the greatest and most urgent evil of society, rather than searching for, and ... According to Popper, the difference between "piecemeal social engineering" and "Utopian social engineering" is the difference between a reasonable method of improving ...
List Of Minor Characters In The Matrix Series - Kid
... The Kid (Michael Karl Popper), played by Clayton Watson, is a Zion-dwelling self-substantiated exile, from The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, and The Animatrix short, "Kid's Story" ... Clayton Watson reprises his role for Popper's speaking parts in the game ... The Kid's real name, Michael Karl Popper, is an allusion to philosopher Karl Popper, whose concept of Popperian cosmology is in fact a definition of the Matrix where World 1 does not exist, the fundamental bases of ...

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    In so far as a scientific statement speaks about reality, it must be falsifiable; and in so far as it is not falsifiable, it does not speak about reality.
    Karl Popper (1902–1994)

    It is clear that everybody interested in science must be interested in world 3 objects. A physical scientist, to start with, may be interested mainly in world 1 objects—say crystals and X-rays. But very soon he must realize how much depends on our interpretation of the facts, that is, on our theories, and so on world 3 objects. Similarly, a historian of science, or a philosopher interested in science must be largely a student of world 3 objects.
    —Karl Popper (1902–1994)