Between autobiography and reality: Popper's inductive years

M.R.M. ter Hark

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On the basis of his unpublished thesis 'Gewohnheit und Gesetzerlebnis in der Erziehung' (1926-7) a historical reconstruction is given of the genesis of Popper's ideas on induction and demarcation which differs radically from his own account in Unended quest. It is shown not only that he wholeheartedly endorses inductive epistemology and psychology but also that his 'demarcation' criterion is inductivistic. Moreover it is shown that his later demarcation thesis arises not from his worries about, on the one hand, Marxism and psychoanalysis and, on the other hand, Einstein's physics, but rather from his urgent preoccupation with providing pedagogy with a psychological foundation, which has its sources in Karl Buhler's cognitive psychology as well as, surprisingly, Adler's Characterology. Aside from Adler some lesser known psychologists, such as Karl Groos, will also be seen to have played a formative role on Popper's early thinking. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Originele taal-2English
ArtikelnummerPII S0039-3681(01)00030-9
Pagina's (van-tot)79-103
Aantal pagina's25
TijdschriftStudies in History and Philosophy of Science. Part A
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - mrt-2002

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