A Philosopher's Apprentice

In Karl Popper’s Workshop. Revised, Extended and Annotated Edition


Author: Joseph Agassi

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"Both a Popper biography and an autobiography, Agassi's A Philosopher's Apprentice tells the riveting story of his intellectual formation in 1950s London, a young brilliant philosopher struggling with an intellectual giant - father, mentor, and rival, all at the same time. His subsequent rebellion and declaration of independence leads to a painful break, never to be completely healed. No other writer has Agassi's psychological insight into Popper, and no other book captures like this one the intellectual excitement around the Popper circle in the 1950s and the struggles of the 1960s and 1970s - personal, academic, political, all important philosophically. Agassi's Popper - whether one agrees with it or not - is an enormous contribution to scholarship. This second revised edition includes also Popper's and Agassi's last correspondence and, in a postscript it shows Agassi leafing through Popper's archives, reaching a sort of reconciliation, an appropriate ending to the drama. A must read." – Malachi Hacohen, Duke University
To the Second Edition
Appendix: Correspondence with Professor Sir Ernst Gombrich

Chapter One: Prelude
Chapter Two: Entering Karl Popper’s Famous Seminar
Chapter Three: The Master’s Class
Chapter Four: At the Feet of the Great Thinker
Chapter Five: The Philosopher and His Friends and Peers
Chapter Six: The Philosopher and His Workshop
Chapter Seven: The Open Society, Its Mentality and Style
Chapter Eight: The Matter of Intellectual Leadership
Chapter Nine: Epilogue: The Future of Philosophy
Chapter Ten: Postscript

Appendix One: Russell on “Logical” Positivism
Appendix Two: Popper versus the “Vienna Circle”
Appendix Three: Carnap and Reichenbach in Retrospect
Appendix Four: The Picture “in Essentials”
Appendix Five: The Heritage of “Vienna Circle”
Appendix Six: Ordinary Language Philosophy
Appendix Seven: Nails on the Socratic Problem
Appendix Eight: Popper on Xenophanes

Index of Names
Index of Subjects