By Joseph Agassi
Either a Popper biography and an autobiography, Agassi's A Philosopher's Apprentice tells the riveting tale of his highbrow formation in Nineteen Fifties London, a tender incredible thinker suffering from an highbrow large - father, mentor, and rival, all while. His next uprising and announcement of independence ends up in a painful holiday, by no means to be thoroughly healed. No different author has Agassi's mental perception into Popper, and no different e-book captures like this one the highbrow pleasure round the Popper circle within the Nineteen Fifties and the struggles of the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies - own, educational, political, all very important philosophically. Agassi's Popper - even if one consents with it or now not - is a gigantic contribution to scholarship. This moment revised variation contains additionally Popper's and Agassi's final correspondence and, in a postscript it indicates Agassi leafing via Popper's files, attaining a kind of reconciliation, a suitable finishing to the drama. A needs to learn. Malachi Hacohen, Duke college
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The problem remains: what is the right attitude to it? Should we defend science? Not as the right answers. How then? Not as very good but merely as the very best we have thus far. To defend science at Galileo’s difficult time was necessary. In Einstein’s view, to defend science today is superfluous and distasteful to the aware of the immense power of the contemporary scientific community and of the heavy responsibility that they should shoulder but scarcely 8 The defects of the standard science textbooks are too many to list, but let me make a stab at it.
Critics may succeed because they use powerful platforms or rely on superstition. An example is the notorious Jensen Report [Jensen, 1969] that is a criticism of the anti-racist reform of the American system of education. Its racism is a superstition and its statistics sham as all statistics that rest on superstition must be: he could get similar results with redheads (as Asimov noted) as the demarcation by color is conventional. The source of the public attention that it received is the powerful platform that has launched it, the overrated Harvard Educational Review.
And ideas of Plato are of interest for the foundations of mathematics. This still leaves much for further discussion. Descartes’ ideas are of importance for many fields. So is the idea of the siblinghood of humanity. 9 Yet the persistence of the defense of science poses the following important problem (unless one dares assume that there is nothing more to the contemporary defense of science that so many philosophers still engage in than the pleasure of playing it safe). Why is the defense of science still so popular?
A Philosophers Apprentice: In Karl Poppers Workshop (Series in the Philosophy of Karl R. Popper and Critical Rationalism, 5) by Joseph Agassi