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Karl Popper

Bredo Johnsen

in Righting Epistemology

Published in print June 2017 | ISBN: 9780190662776
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190662806 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190662776.003.0007
Karl Popper

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Due to Sir Karl Popper’s slashing style, his writings are full of tensions and inconsistencies. However, they can be resolved by a sufficiently sympathetic reading. In this chapter the author offers such a reading. The author argues that Popper’s endorsement of Hume’s “skeptical” argument leads him to a version of reflective equilibrium theory. He, Goodman, and Quine reject the idea of a principled distinction between facts and theories and take all beliefs about the world to be theoretical and fallible.

Keywords: Popper; Hume; skeptic; reflective equilibrium; Goodman; fallible

Chapter.  5560 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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