Karl Popper, Václav Havel's The Open Society and Its Enemies PDF

By Karl Popper, Václav Havel

ISBN-10: 0415610214

ISBN-13: 9780415610216

‘If during this publication harsh phrases are spoken approximately many of the maximum one of the highbrow leaders of mankind, my cause isn't, i am hoping, to belittle them. It springs really from my conviction that, if our civilization is to outlive, we needs to holiday with the behavior of deference to nice men.’- Karl Popper, from the Preface

Written in political exile throughout the moment international struggle and primary released in volumes in 1945, Karl Popper’s The Open Society and Its Enemies is among the so much influential books of all time. Hailed via Bertrand Russell as a ‘vigorous and profound defence of democracy’, its now mythical assault at the philosophies of Plato, Hegel and Marx uncovered the hazards inherent in centrally deliberate political structures and during underground variants turn into an concept to fanatics of freedom dwelling below communism in jap Europe.

Popper’s hugely obtainable kind, his erudite and lucid reasons of the concepts of serious philosophers and the hot resurgence of totalitarian regimes world wide are only 3 of the explanations for the iconic approval for The Open Society and Its Enemies and why it calls for to be learn at the present time and in years yet to come.

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It does so by criticizing those social philosophies which are responsible for the widespread prejudice against the possibilities of democratic reform. The most powerful of these philosophies is one which I have called historicism. The story of the rise and influence of some important forms of historicism is one of the main topics of the book, which might even be described as a collection of marginal notes on the development of certain historicist philosophies. A few remarks on the origin of the book will indicate what is meant by historicism and how it is connected with the other issues mentioned.

At the same time I wrote to the only friend I had in the USA of whose address I was sure, asking him to act on my behalf. Macmillan turned the book down without even having read it. And this is more or less all I know after 6 months! My friend unfortunately seems to have done absolutely nothing although he had very full instructions. He did not even bother to write before February 16th, acknowledging the receipt of the MS which he got in December! And in this acknowledgment he wrote nothing about what he had done (because he had done nothing and obviously he is not going to do anything); he only congratulates me to [sic] my effort in writing such a big book.

Their influence, too rarely challenged, continues to mislead those on whose defence civilization depends, and to divide them. The responsibility for this tragic and possibly fatal division becomes ours if we hesitate to be outspoken in our criticism of what admittedly is a part of our intellectual heritage. By our reluctance to criticize some of it, we may help to destroy it all. The book is a critical introduction to the philosophy of politics and of history, and an examination of some of the principles of social reconstruction.

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