By Joseph Agassi
Either a Popper biography and an autobiography, Agassi's A Philosopher's Apprentice tells the riveting tale of his highbrow formation in Fifties London, a tender significant thinker suffering from an highbrow mammoth - father, mentor, and rival, all while. His next uprising and statement of independence ends up in a painful holiday, by no means to be thoroughly healed. No different author has Agassi's mental perception into Popper, and no different booklet captures like this one the highbrow pleasure round the Popper circle within the Fifties and the struggles of the Sixties and Seventies - own, educational, political, all very important philosophically. Agassi's Popper - even if one has the same opinion with it or now not - is a gigantic contribution to scholarship. This moment revised variation contains additionally Popper's and Agassi's final correspondence and, in a postscript it indicates Agassi leafing via Popper's data, achieving a type of reconciliation, a suitable finishing to the drama. A needs to learn. Malachi Hacohen, Duke college
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When Philipp Frank passed once through London and invited Popper to see him in his hotel, Popper took the opportunity and introduced Bartley and me to him. He kindly took interest in our studies. Bartley reported that he was working on theology and science and I that I was working on metaphysics and science. He took this as a great joke and, assuring us that he was really interested, he asked us very nicely to give him our true answers. He refused to accept our assurances that we were serious. This amazed Bartley.
But something had changed. Things began to intensify, I heard ņ he and I naturally regularly heard about each other, of course ņ and what I heard that he was saying about me depressed me somewhat, perhaps wrongly so. Once he said into a tape recorder12 something rather unsavory about some little concession he once had made very long ago (before he broke off with me for the first time), concerning the possible validity of some of my criticism. (I do not know if the criticism is important enough to discuss, and I regret that due 11 In Popper’s response to my view [Schilpp, 1974, 1117] he characterizes it as “ism-ism”.
David Bohm parried this argument, observing that the practice is reasonably limited: peers of defensive researchers grant them periods of grace. Sticking to old ideas without making their ad hoc hypotheses attractive, they push themselves into isolation. Bohm’s observation is empirical: ad hoc hypotheses endure only when they gain corroboration or follow from new valuable theories. Bohm’s observation is a refutation of current sociology of science. Duhem and Poincaré legitimized the ancient instrumentalist license to use ad hoc hypotheses in order to rescue good scientific systems.
A Philosophers Apprentice: In Karl Poppers Workshop (Series in the Philosophy of Karl R. Popper and Critical Rationalism, 5) by Joseph Agassi