A Philosopher's Apprentice: In Karl Popper's Workshop by Joseph Agassi

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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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.

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