By Joseph Agassi
This publication - the writer calls it "a melancholic account" - is an highbrow autobiography of Joseph Agassi, which particularly focusses on his relation to Karl R. Popper. furthermore it gives attention-grabbing insights into philosophical dialogue in the Popper-circle in London in addition to into kin between his scholars of that point (Imre Lakatos, William W. Bartley, Paul Feyerabend a.s.o.)
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Extra resources for A Philosopher's Apprentice: In Karl Popper's Workshop (Series in the Philosophy of Karl R. Popper and Critical Rationalism, 5)
Fortunately, Hook did not practice what he preached and efficiently defended democracy as an amateur politician. ) Entering university I registered not for philosophy but for physics ņ under the influence of Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington’s superb The Nature of the Physical World (1927): it made me realize that philosophy requires scientific training. Most of my classmates were high-school graduates in possession of a smattering of calculus and physics. Having spent my adolescence partly in theological school and partly working for a living and mostly in depression, I was unprepared: I could not do the simple exercises and regrettably I developed then a permanent distaste for computations coupled with an impatience for any sustained exercises ņ an impatience that I overcame only during my period of the intense work of my apprenticeship, as I shall soon narrate in detail.
Similarly let me skip the story of my intellectual progress prior to the start of my apprenticeship (when I was 24) ņ except for a few significant details, perhaps. These may surface later on. I do not know who has enriched my life most deeply. I do know that I have changed my view on this question now and then. This does not matter here much, since my chief aim here is to tell that ņ my early life and my wife, Judith, aside ņ it was undoubtedly the philosopher, Professor Sir Karl Popper, who influenced my life in depth more than anyone else, and who influenced me intellectually more than anyone else: I will mention later on a few others to whom I am also in great debt, though to a 3 I have recently published a few words about my parents [Agassi, 2003, xxii-xxiv].
See also [Agassi, 1988]. 40 Chapter One Skepticism [Agassi, 1988, 469-78] was friendly though in dissent. I made only one light-hearted comment ņ on a passage that, out of loyalty or in plain error, takes seriously a remark of Lakatos. Unfortunately, that book, which has somewhat patched up things between Watkins and myself, has cost him dearly: its publication lost him the friendship and support of our mutual teacher and mentor [Watkins, 1977a]. I should tell my story as I remember it and as I perceive it.