Karl Popper 1902-1994

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  • The Birth of Karl Popper

    The Birth of Karl Popper
    Karl Popper was born in Vienna. His father, a lawyer, was very interested in the classics and philosophy and educated Karl at a very young age on these matters. His mother on the other hand, instilled in him a love for music that almost led him to pursue it as a career and influenced many of his thoughts and greatly influenced his unique thinking.
    Thornton, Stephen. “Karl Popper.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Stanford University, 21 Sept. 2016, plato.stanford.edu/entries/popper/.
  • Time at Univeristy

    Time at Univeristy
    In 1918, Popper left to attend the University of Vienna, though he did not officially enroll for several more years. This time was perhaps the most transformative in Popper's life as he joined the Association of Socialist School Students, and became a Marxist, an ideology he later disavowed. At this time, he also studied the psychoanalytic theories of Freud and Adler, as well as observed a lecture by Einstein on relativity. These theories all greatly influenced Popper's philosophy.
  • Popper Moves To England

    Popper Moves To England
    In 1946, Popper moved to England where he began to teach at the London School of Economics, and would later become a professor of logic and scientific method at the University of London in 1949. This time saw a dramatic growth in his reputation as a philosopher of science and thinker. During this time he published many works, most notably, "The Logic of Scientific Discovery (1959)."
  • Publishes Noted Work

    Publishes Noted Work
    In 1959 Popper republished his signature work, "The Logic of Scientific Discovery," in English,in which he argues that science should adopt a model based on falsifiability. He believed that experiments could never prove a theory, but that an experiment that can be reproduced could refute one. This book sparked a debate among science and philosophers, some who agreed with Popper's assertation, while others felt it was false and detrimental to science.
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    The Life of Karl Popper

    Karl Popper was a very influential philosopher of science who was born in 1902 and died in 1994. His work greatly influenced science with his main influence being on falsification. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jTNIheSkDQ