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Amy Marshall - Associate Professor of Psychology, Penn State University Park

Book Title: Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge

Author: K. R. Popper

Book Description:



Popper’s simple, yet elegant, thesis is more than a philosophy of science. It is a philosophy to live by. I use this book to teach philosophy of science, but its value is much broader. Through a variety of essays, Popper challenges thinkers such as Plato and Socrates, and outlines how his philosophy can be used to inform social policy and combat real-world problems such as violence. His humility, compassion, and insight are truly inspiring. Moreover, his instructions to be open-minded, yet severely critical, should be reasonably attainable by all. 

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