Karl Popper, (1902-1994)

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    Karl Popper Philosophy

    Summary of Karl Popper's philosophies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X8Xfl0JdTQ
  • Birth

    Karl Popper was born in Vienna, Austria on July 28, 1902.
  • Began Teaching Philosophy

    Karl Popper began teaching philosophy at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand but struggled to get along with his supervisor.
  • Published "The Open Society and Its Enemies"

    The annexation of Austria during WWII prompted Karl Popper to begin writing about political philosophy and led to him publishing his book, "The Open Society and Its Enemies."
  • Philosophy: Holism, Essentialism, and Historicism

    In this philosophy, he explained that the needs of a certain group, city, state, or race should not supersede the needs of the individual people. For example, the Nazis believed that they were killing Jewish people to help keep the Aryan race alive when in reality they were brutalizing and murdering innocent Jewish people to help a fascist dictator. His philosophy went on to explain that the institutions of the state should always work in the best interest of the people.
  • Philosophy & Book: The Poverty of Historicism

    This philosophy contained 2 arguments.
    1. People cannot predict what they will know in the future so we cannot predict the future. The universe is open and the actions we take may not impact what happens in the future.
    2. Laws that govern the direction history will move in do not exist, therefore history cannot be predicted. Even if history played out a certain way in a certain situation one time, it does not mean it will play out the same way again even in the same situation.