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Karl Popper’s Philosophy of Science

June 18, 2022 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm BST

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Hi, I am Arkadiusz Synowczyk. I am a philosophy student specializing in epistemology (the theory of knowledge) and philosophy of science. You can find me on Twitter

Karl Popper is regarded by many as one of the greatest philosophers of science of the twentieth century. Many scientists even cited him as a source of influence or as the philosopher who got science right. What were his ideas, and are they right?

Popper’s ideas are frequently misunderstood. For example, did you know that he didn’t despise metaphysics? Or, that he thought that scientific hypotheses can’t be, strictly speaking, falsified by deducing their observational consequences?

The purpose of this salon is to 1) present Karl Popper’s views on science and epistemology, 2) remove common misconceptions about them, and 3) engage in a moderated discussion as to whether they are right.

Recommended readings:

  1. Conjectures and Refutations by Karl Popper, chapter 1 (Science: Conjectures and Refutations)
  2. Entry on Karl Popper in Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (https://iep.utm.edu/pop-sci/)

Readings for advanced study of Karl Popper and his ideas:

  1. Entry on Karl Popper in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/popper/)
  2. The Cambridge Companion to Karl Popper
  3. Karl Popper’s Philosophy of Science by Stefano Gattei


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June 18, 2022
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm BST
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