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 Fifties London, a tender excellent thinker being affected by an highbrow large - father, mentor, and rival, all while. His next uprising and statement 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 booklet captures like this one the highbrow pleasure round the Popper circle within the Fifties and the struggles of the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies - own, educational, political, all very important philosophically. Agassi's Popper - no matter if one has the same opinion with it or no longer - is a gigantic contribution to scholarship. This moment revised version contains additionally Popper's and Agassi's final correspondence and, in a postscript it exhibits Agassi leafing via Popper's data, achieving a kind of reconciliation, a suitable finishing to the drama. A needs to learn. Malachi Hacohen, Duke collage
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5 The greatest asset of the new rationalist philosophy is its recognition of the freedom that reason enjoys, especially within science. Many philosophers deem this freedom a defect [Agassi, 1999b]: freedom and proof seem to clash. ) Rationality is freedom of engagement in critical debates in the quest for the truth rather than for proofsurrogates. Expressions of this idea surfaced repeatedly. David Brewster expressed it in his life of Newton (1831) and William Whewell expressed in all of his writings on science (1837-60).
7 The greatest lesson from this exciting development is that criticism is a friendly act, not an act of aggression. When informed colleagues hear this statement, they are quick to notice that it is one that Plato has explicitly and unreservedly made in his Gorgias. They are right: it is, I suppose, the thesis of that marvelous dialogue, rather than the garbled up thesis usually attributed to it, namely, that sophism is intellectually not serious enough, since it does not live up to the ideal of truth.
Textbooks are unreadable. This way they support the popular view of learning as boring and arduous. As a model for writing, they encourage suppressing problems and expressing contempt for criticism. It makes writing defensive and aggressive and thus reader-hostile. This way they support the popular view of criticism as hostile. As they are inductivist, they suggest that everyone can contribute to science. When Sir Francis Bacon said so, he encouraged amateurs to do research; he thus helped bring about the scientific revolution, as it instituted ways of encouraging and helping novices; when science teachers and textbooks do so today, they discourage and dishearten, since too little guidance is available to high-school students, since the Baconian ethos is gone.