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Popper, Karl
The Open Society and Its Enemies
London: George Routledge & Sons Ltd., 1945. A very good copy, without dust jackets. Scattered small, neat pencil marks of the first owner, and with his attractive armorial bookplates. Original gilt-lettered black cloth is a bit rubbed, a bit bumped at extremities. Very nice set of a work extremely hard to find in acceptable condition. Popper's first book is a classic attack on three opponents of individual liberties: Plato, Hegel and Marx. "One of the great books of the century" (Times, London). Sir Karl Popper was a Viennese philosopher who fled Nazi Europe to make a new home and career in Britain. "Karl Popper is generally regarded as one of the greatest philosophers of science of the twentieth century. He was also a social and political philosopher of considerable stature, a self-professed critical-rationalist, a dedicated opponent of all forms of skepticism, conventionalism, and relativism in science and in human affairs generally, a committed advocate and staunch defender of the Open Society, and an implacable critic of totalitarianism in all of its forms. . . . In the modern technological and highly-specialized world, scientists are rarely aware of the work of philosophers; it is virtually unprecedented to find them queuing up, as they have done in Popper's case, to testify to the enormously practical beneficial impact which that philosophical work has had upon their own" (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).
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