Review Of "The Philosophy Of Karl Popper" By H. Keuth

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Popper was arguably the most influential philosopher of science in the 20th century. Keuth (Eberhard Karls Univ., Tübingen) provides a systematic exposition and critical study (first published in German in 2000) that covers all major aspects of Popper's work. Nearly half of this comprehensive book is devoted to Popper's philosophy of science; a quarter to his social philosophy; and the final quarter to his metaphysics, especially his grappling with the mind-body problem, determinism versus indeterminism, and the third world of objective thought. Each major part of the book is lucidly presented, with critical arguments interspersed. Although each major part can be read independently, Keuth shows how the latter two grow out of Popper's philosophy of science. There is, however, little discussion of how Popper came to his ideas; for that, see Malachi Haim Hacohen's Karl Popper--The Formative Years, 1902-1945 (CH, Apr'01, 38-4399), which complements Keuth's book wonderfully. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above.


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