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Karl Popper (1902–1994), an Austro-British philosopher, became widely known for his philosophy of science following the publication of his book The Logic of Scientific Discovery; and his two-volume text The Open Society and Its Enemies brought him to the notice of professional and lay thinkers with an interest in social and political philosophy. Although Popper’s reputation was built largely on these publications, during the course of his long working life he developed a much broader view of the growth of knowledge and individual learning than a reading of these books alone would suggest. His collected writings (including 20 books in English) can be viewed as the exploitation of the idea of natural selection in the analysis of the growth of knowledge, the development of traditions ...

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