The Open Society and Its Enemies

The Open Society and Its Enemies


One of an important books of the 20 th century, Karl Popper's The Open Society and Its Enemies is an uncompromising safety of liberal democracy and a strong assault at the highbrow origins of totalitarianism. Popper used to be born in 1902 to a Viennese kinfolk of Jewish foundation. He taught in Austria till 1937, whilst he emigrated to New Zealand in anticipation of the Nazi annexation of Austria the subsequent yr, and he settled in England in 1949. sooner than the annexation, Popper had written quite often concerning the philosophy of technological know-how, yet from 1938 until eventually the top of the second one international struggle he concentrated his energies on political philosophy, looking to diagnose the highbrow origins of German and Soviet totalitarianism. The Open Society and Its Enemies used to be the outcome.

An instant sensation whilst it was once first released in volumes in 1945, Popper's huge fulfillment has attained mythical prestige on either the Left and correct and is credited with inspiring anticommunist dissidents in the course of the chilly conflict. Arguing that the spirit of unfastened, severe inquiry that governs clinical research also needs to follow to politics, Popper strains the roots of an contrary, authoritarian tendency to a practice represented by means of Plato, Marx, and Hegel.

In a considerable new advent written for this version, acclaimed political thinker Alan Ryan places Popper's landmark paintings in biographical, highbrow, and historic context. additionally incorporated is a private essay by way of eminent paintings historian E. H. Gombrich, during which he recounts the tale of the book's eventual e-book regardless of a number of rejections and wartime deprivations.

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