Karl Popper and Twentieth-First Century Philosophy of Science

June 12, 2024 - June 14, 2024
Division of Humanities, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong
Hong Kong

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  • The Karl Popper Charitable Trust


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Karl Popper (1902-1994) is regarded as one of the most influential philosophers of science of the 20th century. He famously proposed that falsifiability is the genuine virtue of science and the criterion of the scientific status of a theory. Based on this, he developed a systematic account of scientific method and scientific development, namely, falsificationism. In addition, Popper played an important role in promoting the historical turn in 20th century philosophy of science. The debate over the nature and development of science between him and Thomas Kuhn dominated and sparked many discussions in the late 1960s philosophy of science. Moreover, Popper wrote on a variety of topics, including evolutionary biology, methodological individualism, and probability. However, Popper’s legacy on contemporary philosophy of science is surprisingly thin. Although his writings are still a must-read in any introductory philosophy of science course, there is no lively Popperian philosophy of science. His falsificationism is not viewed as a plausible account of scientific development. Nor is his solution to the problem of induction regarded as a successful or promising move. This conference conference aims to revisit and explore Popper’s legacy for 21st century philosophy of science.

The topics to be discussed include but are not limited to:

  • Popper and induction
  • Popper and evolutionary biology
  • Popper and evolutionary epistemology
  • Popper and objectivity
  • Popper and probability
  • Popper and scientific change
  • Popper and the demarcation problem
  • Popper and the methodological holism/individualism debate
  • Popper and verisimilitude

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