Karl Popper

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Sir Karl Raimund Popper CH FRS FBA[4] (28 July 1902 – 17 September 1994) was an Austrian–British[5] philosopher, academic and social commentator.[6][7][8] One of the 20th century's most influential philosophers of science,[9][10][11] Popper is known for his rejection of the classical inductivist views on the scientific method in favour of empirical falsification. According to Popper, a theory in the empirical sciences can never be proven, but it can be falsified, meaning that it can (and should) be scrutinised with decisive experiments. Popper was opposed to the classical justificationist account of knowledge, which he replaced with critical rationalism, namely "the first non-justificational philosophy of criticism in the history of philosophy".[12]

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Karl Popper

Popper in the 1980s
Karl Raimund Popper

(1902-07-28)28 July 1902
Died17 September 1994(1994-09-17) (aged 92)
London, England
  • Austria
  • United Kingdom (from 1945)
Alma materUniversity of Vienna (PhD, 1928)
RelativesJosef Popper-Lynkeus (uncle)
AwardsKnight Bachelor (1965)
Era20th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
ThesisZur Methodenfrage der Denkpsychologie (On Questions of Method in the Psychology of Thinking) (1928)
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Popper bust in the Arkadenhof of the University of Vienna

In political discourse, he is known for his vigorous defence of liberal democracy and the principles of social criticism that he believed made a flourishing open society possible. His political philosophy embraced ideas from major democratic political ideologies, including libertarianism/classical liberalism, socialism/social democracy and conservatism, and attempted to reconcile them.[3]

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