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The Open Society and Its Enemies

Karl R. Popper

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Princeton University Press
15 September 2020
Western philosophy: Ancient, to c 500; Social & political philosophy; Fascism & Nazism; Political structures: totalitarianism & dictatorship
A landmark defense of democracy that has been hailed as one of the most important books of the twentieth century One of the most important books of the twentieth century, The Open Society and Its Enemies is an uncompromising defense of liberal democracy and a powerful attack on the intellectual origins of totalitarianism. An immediate sensation when it was first published, Karl Popper's monumental achievement has attained legendary status on both the Left and Right. Tracing the roots of an authoritarian tradition represented by Plato, Marx, and Hegel, Popper argues that the spirit of free, critical inquiry that governs scientific investigation should also apply to politics.

In a new foreword, George Soros, who was a student of Popper, describes the 'revelation' of first reading the book and how it helped inspire his philanthropic Open Society Foundations.

'One of the great books of the century.' - The Times 'Learned, subtly argued, and passionately written.' - Sidney Hook, New York Times 'Brilliant...

It remains the best intellectual defence of liberal democracy.' - The Economist
By:   Karl R. Popper
Imprint:   Princeton University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9780691210841
ISBN 10:   0691210845
Series:   Princeton Classics
Pages:   808
Publication Date:   15 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Karl Popper (1902-1994) was a professor at the London School of Economics and one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century.

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