Karl Popper July 28, 1902 - September 17, 1994

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  • Schematization of Karl Popper's Falsification

    Schematization of Karl Popper's Falsification
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    Time at the University

    According to Popper, his career began in 1919 when he asked himself, "Is there a criterion for the scientific character or status of a theory?" He finished his formal studies in Vienna from 1922-1929 although they were not directly related to philosophy at the time. Popper's interest in science and philosophy became much more apparent during his PhD and his thesis advisers encouraged him to investigate the logic of science.
    Popper, K. (2006). The Logic of Scientific Discovery. London: Routledge.
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    The Logic of Scientific Discovery

    During his final studies, Popper's thesis advisers encouraged him to investigate the logic of science as his interests became more apparent. In 1934, Popper's first major paper published titled The Logic of Scientific Discovery. It was well noted across Vienna & around the globe in which he received an offer to lecture at Canterbury University College, in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1937.
    Popper, Karl R. (Karl Raimund), 1902-1994. The Logic of Scientific Discovery. London :Hutchinson, 1968.
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    Inspired by the War

    From papers he wrote during the 30s/40s he published the Open Society and Its Enemies in 1945 & The Poverty of Historicism in 1957. Both had the purpose of explaining the origin & mechanics of totalitarianism & the scientific methodology of historicism concluding that they are an attempt to form predictive and explanatory laws.
    POPPER, K. R. (1997). The Poverty of Historicism. London: Routledge.
    Popper, Karl R. The Open Society and Its Enemies. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1971.
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    Conjectures and Refutations

    Published in 1963 Conjectures and Refutations, defined falsification as the solution of demarcation. Falsification claims that a hypothesis is only scientific if it has the potential to be proven false by observation. This philosophy is his biggest influence & was the foundation for his later work in epistemology. In 1965, he was knighted to Sir Karl Popper by the queen of England.
    Popper, Karl R. Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge. New York: Harper & Row, 1968.