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The Lesson of this Century
With Two Talks on Freedom and the Democratic State

ISBN 9780415129596
Published May 22, 2000 by Routledge
104 Pages

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Book Description

One of the century's greatest and most influential thinkers, Karl Popper reminds us that we must recognize our responsibilities in preserving the democratic system we enjoy: it is our actions which will create the world of tomorrow.
In these interviews with journalist Giancarlo Bosetti, Karl Popper ranges widely over contemporary political and social issues. He reflects on many topics, from the decline of the Soviet Union and the danger of a Third World War, to our obligations to children and the potentially harmful influence of television. He warns us that the increasing violence and egotism of our society, if unchecked, will imperil our civilisation. The volume also contains two talks on the theory of democracy, arguing that democracy has never been the rule of the people (nor can or should it be), but only the best method we know for preventing tyranny.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Giancarlo Bosetti; Part 1 Interview I (1991); Part 2 Pacifism, War, the Encounter with Communism; Part 3 The Main Criticisms of Marxism; Part 4 The Year 1962; Part 5 The Political Agenda Today; Part 6 Once More against Historicism; Part 7 Interview II (1993); Part 8 Introduction to Chapter 6, Giancarlo Bosetti; Part 9 'we Are in Danger of a Third World War'; Part 10 Introduction to Chapter 7, Giancarlo Bosetti; Part 11 'television Corrupts Mankind. It Is like War'; Part 12 Two Talks; Part 13 Reflections on the Theory and Practice of the Democratic State; Part 14 Freedom and Intellectual Responsibility ;

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