By Joseph Agassi
Either a Popper biography and an autobiography, Agassi's A Philosopher's Apprentice tells the riveting tale of his highbrow formation in Fifties London, a tender incredible thinker suffering from an highbrow gigantic - father, mentor, and rival, all whilst. His next uprising and statement of independence ends up in a painful holiday, by no means to be thoroughly healed. No different author has Agassi's mental perception into Popper, and no different booklet captures like this one the highbrow pleasure round the Popper circle within the Nineteen Fifties and the struggles of the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies - own, educational, political, all vital philosophically. Agassi's Popper - even if one is of the same opinion with it or now not - is a gigantic contribution to scholarship. This moment revised version contains additionally Popper's and Agassi's final correspondence and, in a postscript it indicates Agassi leafing via Popper's files, achieving a kind of reconciliation, a suitable finishing to the drama. A needs to learn. Malachi Hacohen, Duke collage
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This is the case with many individuals, except that few choose philosophy as a vocation; otherwise, most people around would be philosophers: there is, after all, room for only a few philosophy professors in our society, which regrettably takes for granted the demand that only philosophy professors should be philosophers. 6) The Jewish-style love of learning remained with me, but I became alien to the subject matter of Jewish Law: only with efforts could I develop a broader and more sympathetic attitude to it [Agassi, 1974] or to anything else that I was taught before entering university; at first I deeply disliked it all.
14 I suppose this reference to distractions is a mere excuse on my part: my classmates suffered them too, yet most of them became decent physicists. Popper’s Seminar 47 for positivism. Errors often gain confirmation from fortuitous facts, and my erroneous attribution of a pro-discipline attitude to positivism has gained such confirmation: my science teachers supported positivism and discipline, some of them with a vengeance,15 and my acquaintances opposed positivism and discipline out of (silly yet popular) Romantic prejudices.
In an essay on Lorenzo Ghiberti, Gombrich discusses Ghiberti use of perspective, using the same evidence as Richard Krautheimer while ignoring his different view. ) 38 Chapter One conduct his performance a bit more philosophically and perhaps also a bit more by the book. 16 But I do not remember that Bartley resented it or felt harmed by it; regret was what he (and I) felt. Bartley did indeed get hurt ņ not so much by our joint guide and mentor, as by Lakatos, who maliciously spread ugly rumors about him, and by John Watkins, Popper’s heir and successor in the London School of Economics, who had spent so much time correcting the faulty English of my doctoral dissertation and who had published very nice things about me [Watkins, 1958], when (in January, 1967, as I was passing through England) he told me in all seriousness that I could not stay his friend and Bartley’s too.