Between Science and History

Introduction to Karl R. Popper's Philosophy of History (1902-1994)

Philosophie - 266 pages - 140x200

ISBN : 9782753903944

This essay bridges the two wings of Popper's thinking, political philosophy and philosophy of science, thus steering a middle course between the two major receptions. It offers the double advantage of providing a faithful presentation of Popper's theses on the one hand, and of highlighting the links between the “falsificationist” theory of science and the liberal political thinking which together form the only way to an understanding of Popper's attack on “historicism”, particularly Marxism, in his "Poverty of Historicism". Popper's political philosophy is extremely aggressive, especially in “The Open Society and its Enemies”, but makes an effort to stress the point of the controversies it has raised, to present the objections from the Anglo-Saxon camp itself, which are all but unknown to continental philosophy. In this way he facilitates an inquiry into the possibility of a critical application of Popper's theses on history.
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Born in Spa (Belgium) in 1948, Jacques G. Ruelland immigrated to Canada in 1969 as a qualified printer. He studied philosophy in Montreal and completed three M.A. degrees in philosophy, history, and museology. Then he became Doctor in the history of sciences (Ph.D.). Dr. Ruelland taught philosophy at "Collège Édouard-Montpetit" in Longueuil, QC (1979-2010). He currently teaches history and museology as an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Montreal (1988-present). He authored 40 books.


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