2nd Edition

Unended Quest An Intellectual Autobiography

By Karl Popper Copyright 2002
    328 Pages
    by Routledge

    326 Pages
    by Routledge

    At the age of eight, Karl Popper was puzzling over the idea of infinity and by fifteen was beginning to take a keen interest in his father's well-stocked library of books. Unended Quest recounts these moments and many others in the life of one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century, providing an indispensable account of the ideas that influenced him most. As an introduction to Popper's philosophy, Unended Quest also shines. Popper lucidly explains the central ideas in his work, making this book ideal for anyone coming to Popper's life and work for the first time.

    Chapter 1 Omniscience and Fallibility; Chapter 2 Childhood Memories; Chapter 3 Early Influences; Chapter 4 The First World War; Chapter 5 An Early Philosophical Problem; Chapter 6 My First Philosophical Failure; Chapter 7 A Long Digression Concerning Essentialism; Chapter 8 A Crucial Year; Chapter 9 Early Studies; Chapter 10 A Second Digression; Chapter 11 Music; Chapter 12 Speculations About the Rise of Polyphonic Music; Chapter 13 Two Kinds of Music; Chapter 14 Progressivism in Art, Especially in Music; Chapter 15 Last Years at the University; Chapter 16 Theory of Knowledge; Chapter 17 Who Killed Logical Positivism?; Chapter 18 Realism and Quantum Theory; Chapter 19 Objectivity and Physics; Chapter 20 Truth; Probability; Corroboration; Chapter 21 The Approaching War; The Jewish Problem; Chapter 22 Emigration; Chapter 23 Early Work in New Zealand; Chapter 24 The Open Society and the Poverty of Historicism; Chapter 25 Other Work in New Zealand; Chapter 26 England; Chapter 27 Early Work in England; Chapter 28 First Visit to the United States; Chapter 29 Problems and Theories; Chapter 30 Debates with SchröDinger; Chapter 31 Objectivity and Criticism; Chapter 32 Induction; Deduction; Objective Truth; Chapter 33 Metaphysical Research Programmes; Chapter 34 Fighting Subjectivism in Physics; Chapter 35 Boltzmann and the Arrow of Time; Chapter 36 The Subjectivist Theory of Entropy; Chapter 37 Darwinism as a Metaphysical Research Programme; Chapter 38 World 3 or the Third World; Chapter 39 The Body-Mind Problem and World 3; Chapter 40 The Place of Values in a World of Facts;


    Karl Popper (1902-1994). Philosopher, born in Vienna. one of the most influential and controversial thinkers of the twentieth century.

    'There is no philosopher writing in English who can match Karl Popper in the range or in the quality of his work ... politics, science, art ... few broad areas of human thought remain unillumined by Popper's work.' - Bryan Magee