The Poverty of Historicism, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (5 ratings)

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On its publication in 1957, The Poverty of Historicism was hailed by Arthur Koestler as 'probably the only book published this year which will outlive the century.' A devastating criticism of fixed and predictable laws in history, Popper dedicated the book to all those 'who fell victim to the fascist and communist belief in Inexorable Laws of Historical Destiny.' Short and beautifully written, it has inspired generations of readers, intellectuals and policy makers.

One of the most important books on the social sciences since the Second World War, it is a searing insight into the ideas of this great thinker.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Social & political philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780415278461

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4.5

I'm no philosopher, nor have I training in that respect. That said, this work is a small book that is quite comprehensible to the layman. It gives powerful arguments against "historicism", the sense that history is moving in a provable direction and that activists can help it get there. This is - to me - a horrid thing, as it inevitably will lead to forcing the path of history, and God help anyone in the way. Think of communism and the resultant death toll. Popper believes in small, testable steps of human progress - a pension plan here, some urban planning there. This to me is doable, sensible, and completely congruent with a democratic society. I instinctively liked Popper and his philosophy. Highly recommended read.

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3

I'm going to rub my two brain cells together this weekend and see if I can't write something meaningful about this thing.

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5

Dedicated to those who lost their lives to Fascism, Popper's treatise examines the failure and inherent oppression of historicism applied. This along with his Open Society and its Enemies are among the most important works of 20th century political philosophy. Today's proponents historicism would do well to read it.

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5

Dedicated to those who lost their lives to Fascism, Popper's treatise examines the failure and inherent oppression of historicism applied. This along with his Open Society and its Enemies are among the most important works of 20th century political philosophy. Today's proponents historicism would do well to read it.

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5

Dedicated to those who lost their lives to Fascism, Popper's treatise examines the failure and inherent oppression of historicism applied. This along with his Open Society and its Enemies are among the most important works of 20th century political philosophy. Today's proponents historicism would do well to read it.

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