Historical Who is Who

POPPER, Karl

1902 - 1994
Austria United Kingdom
SOCIAL SCIENCE, PHILOSOPHY

 

A family history which was grandparentally Jewish and parentally Lutheran was no guarantee of safety: he spent 9 years in New Zealand before settling in the UK. He was a strong advocate of the need for evidential grounding of belief system or philosophy of life – it need not be empirically proven, but it must be capable of passing the ‘falsifiability test’. Nazism failed this test, but so did any other ‘utopian’ approach – Marxism, Psychoananalysis and any Fundamentalism. Instead any properly human society must be liberally open to a plurality of views.

 

Video

'Uncertain truth' (12 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNpkvoxnmyk

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