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Open Society and Its Enemies

ISBN-10: 0691158134
ISBN-13: 9780691158136
Edition: 2013
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 5/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 808
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

One of the most important books of the twentieth century, Karl Popper'sThe Open Society and Its Enemiesis an uncompromising defense of liberal democracy and a powerful attack on the intellectual origins of totalitarianism. Popper was born in 1902 to a Viennese family of Jewish origin. He taught in Austria until 1937, when he emigrated to New Zealand in anticipation of the Nazi annexation of Austria the following year, and he settled in England in 1949. Before the annexation, Popper had written mainly about the philosophy of science, but from 1938 until the end of the Second World War he focused his energies on political philosophy, seeking to diagnose the intellectual origins of German and Soviet totalitarianism. TheOpen Society and Its Enemieswas the result.An immediate sensation when it was first published in two volumes in 1945, Popper's monumental achievement has attained legendary status on both the Left and Right and is credited with inspiring anticommunist dissidents during the Cold War. Arguing that the spirit of free, critical inquiry that governs scientific investigation should also apply to politics, Popper traces the roots of an opposite, authoritarian tendency to a tradition represented by Plato, Marx, and Hegel.In a substantial new introduction written for this edition, acclaimed political philosopher Alan Ryan puts Popper's landmark work in biographical, intellectual, and historical context. Also included is a personal essay by eminent art historian E. H. Gombrich, in which he recounts the story of the book's eventual publication despite numerous rejections and wartime deprivations.

Karl Popper (1902-94). Philosopher, born in Vienna. One of the most influential and controversial thinkers of the twentieth century.Jeremy Shearmur is Reader in Philosophy at the Australian National University

Ernst Hans Josef Gombrich, born March 30, 1909, in Vienna, Austria, was educated at Vienna University where he earned a Ph.D. His career includes terms as Slade Professor of Fine Arts at Oxford and Cambridge universities and as Andrew D. White Professor-at-large at Cornell University. Gombrich's books on art and art history have sold as well as some works of fiction. One of his most popular titles is The Story of Art, which has been translated into 18 languages and sold more than two million copies. Other titles are; Looking for Answers: Conversations on Art and Science (with Didier Eribon), Shadows: The Depiction of Cast Shadows in Western Art, and Gombrich on Art and Psychology. His numerous awards include the Erasmus Prize in 1975, the Hegel Prize in 1976, and the International Balzan Prize in 1985. He holds honorary degrees from various universities, among them Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard, and from the Royal College of Art (London), 1981.

Alan Ryan, the former warden of New College, Oxford, has taught political theory at Oxford and Princeton since 1969. His books include "The Philosophy of John Stuart Mill", "Bertrand Russell: A Political Life", "John Dewey and the High Tide of American Liberalism", and "Liberal Anxieties and Liberal Education".

Introduction
'Personal Recollections of the Publication of the Open Society'
Acknowledgements
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Author's Introduction
The Spell of Plato
The Myth of Origin and Destiny
Historicism and the Myth of Destiny
Heraclitus
Plato's Theory of Forms or Ideas
Plato's Descriptive Sociology
Change and Rest
Nature and Convention
Plato's Political Programme
Totalitarian Justice
The Principle of Leadership
The Philosopher King
Aestheticism, Perfectionism, Utopianism
The Background of Plato's Attack
The Open Society and Its Enemies
Addenda (1957, 1961, 1965)
The High Tide of Prophecy
The Rise of Oracular Philosophy
The Aristotelian Roots of Hegelianism
Hegel and the New Tribalism
Marx's Method
Marx's Sociological Determinism
The Autonomy of Sociology
Economic Historicism
The Classes
The Legal and the Social System
Marx's Prophecy
The Coming of Socialism
The Social Revolution
Capitalism and Its Fate
An Evaluation of the Prophecy
Marx's Ethics
The Moral Theory of Historicism
The Aftermath
The Sociology of Knowledge
Oracular Philosophy and the Revolt against Reason
Conclusion
Has History Any Meaning?
Addenda (1961, 1965)
Notes
Notes to Volume I
Notes to Volume II
Index

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