Review - Logic of Scientific Discovery (Popper)

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It was this work that the great economist F. A. Hayek had his students, one-by-one, promise to him they would read in order to acquire the requisite apprehension of the philosophy of science. It was only this way he felt they would have the ability to grasp the philosophy of social sciences. Popper has loftier conception of the limitations of philosophy than most other modern philosophers. He believes philosophy should provide the rationale and touchstone for science. In this respect he is a throwback to the classical philosophers. He avoids the Cartesian statement with its implication of solipsism and thereby is able to ask the question of fundamental importance to modern science:
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Unformatted text preview: what constitutes the proof of a theory? The principle of causality is excluded from the sphere of science by Popper. He puts in its place an exhortation that we continue to search for a logical and casual scheme for the universe. He allows it to be said of a scientific theory only that it has not been proven false – yet. There is no ultimate truth that we can obtain, only theories that are less likely to be false. Popper’s style is quite smooth and readable. The book includes a letter to Popper from Albert Einstein which is reproduced in Einstein’s own handwriting. One should read this book if only to formulate clearly his objection to it....
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This note was uploaded on 11/20/2010 for the course ECON 530 taught by Professor Giertz during the Spring '10 term at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

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