Lester introduces the Popperian theory of “critical rationalism,” which holds that all knowledge is ultimately only fallible theory.
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.
Smith explains methodological subjectivism and how it applies to the study of human action.
George H. Smith explains methodological subjectivism and how it applies to the study of human action.
One Year After Charlottesville’s “Unite The Right” Riots: Following Karl Popper, We Should Tolerate Intolerance, Within Reason
Contra Popper’s virally optimized doppelgangers, the paradox of tolerance demands forbearance and restraint.
Karl Popper’s theory of knowledge and writings on social philosophy helped to shape much of today’s methodology of social science.
Methodological individualism is the methodological framework wherein individuals are seen as the agents of actions and values that form social phenomena.
Smith explains methodological individualism and its implications for the existence of institutions and other social phenomena.
“In short, the Open Society is not enough.”
J.C. Lester introduces himself and his political philosophy.
Samples discusses J.C. Lester’s conjecture that liberty is compatible with welfare.
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.
An accomplished libertarian writer and the founder of the Institute for Humane Studies, Baldy Harper devoted his life to educating others about libertarianism.
“Historicism has…stressed the unique, individualist, and particular aspects of history, but…[not] patterns and connection among these historical particulars.”
Worrying about labels is unproductive so long as those labels facilitate clear thinking.
What did Popper actually believe about speech and tolerance in a liberal, pluralistic society?
The Mont Pelerin Society was formed in 1947 to gather thinkers and advocates of a free society to discuss and further classical-liberal ideas.
Libertarians are mistaken to seek foundations, to take sides over moral approaches, and to have no proper theory of liberty.