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Karl Popper

Karl Popper is one of the most important philosophers of science in history. He is known primarily for his theory of emperical falsificationism. He also wrote The Open Society and Its Enemies, a criticism of teleological historicism, and kept up a long friendship with Friedrich Hayek.

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Critical Rationalism

by J. C. Lester on Feb 21, 2012

Lester introduces the Popperian theory of “critical rationalism,” which holds that all knowledge is ultimately only fallible theory.

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Social Laws, Part 1

by George H. Smith on Jul 25, 2014

Smith explains methodological subjectivism and how it applies to the study of human action.

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Social Laws, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Mar 1, 2017

George H. Smith explains methodological subjectivism and how it applies to the study of human action.

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Popper, Karl (1902-1994)

by Jeremy Shearmur on Aug 15, 2008

Karl Popper’s theory of knowledge and writings on social philosophy helped to shape much of today’s methodology of social science.

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Individualism, Methodological

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

Methodological individualism is the methodological framework wherein individuals are seen as the agents of actions and values that form social phenomena.

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Social Laws, Part 6

by George H. Smith on Sep 5, 2014

Smith explains methodological individualism and its implications for the existence of institutions and other social phenomena.

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Falsifying Government

by John Samples on Feb 21, 2012

Samples discusses J.C. Lester’s conjecture that liberty is compatible with welfare.

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Tullock, Gordon

by Paul Dragos Aligica on Aug 15, 2008

Gordon Tullock contributed to the start of the public choice school of economics and countered status-quo arguments about the role of government in the market.

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Harper, Floyd Arthur “Baldy” (1905-1973)

by Will Wilkinson on Aug 15, 2008

An accomplished libertarian writer and the founder of the Institute for Humane Studies, Baldy Harper devoted his life to educating others about libertarianism.

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Historicism: Individuality or Pattern?

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1981

“Historicism has…stressed the unique, individualist, and particular aspects of history, but…[not] patterns and connection among these historical particulars.”

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On the Paradox of Tolerance

by Jason Kuznicki on Aug 17, 2017

What did Popper actually believe about speech and tolerance in a liberal, pluralistic society?

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Mont Pelerin Society

by Charles Baird on Aug 15, 2008

The Mont Pelerin Society was formed in 1947 to gather thinkers and advocates of a free society to discuss and further classical-liberal ideas.