By Karl Popper
Conjectures and Refutations is one in every of Karl Popper's so much wide-ranging and renowned works, extraordinary not just for its acute perception into the way in which medical wisdom grows, but additionally for making use of these insights to politics and to background. It presents one of many clearest and so much obtainable statements of the elemental concept that guided his paintings: not just our wisdom, yet our goals and our criteria, develop via an never-ending means of trial and blunder.
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G. Ethics, Part II, propos. 41) also of the 'cause' of falsity (or error). Annual Philosophical Lecture read before the British Academy on January 20th, 1960. First published in the Proceedings of the British Academy, 46, 1960, and separately by Oxford University Press, 1961. -3- allayed your misgivings sufficiently, for the time being, to allow me to begin my story at the other end--with the sources of knowledge rather than with the sources of ignorance. However, I shall presently come back to the sources of ignorance, and also to the conspiracy theory of these sources.
If we fall into temptation and use language in vain, then it is we who are to blame for the trouble that ensues. ) By blaming us, and our language (or misuse of language), it is possible to uphold the divine authority of the senses (and even of language). But it is possible only at the cost of widening the gap between this authority and ourselves: between the pure sources from which we can obtain an authoritative knowledge of the truthful goddess Nature, and our impure and guilty selves: -17- between God and man.
Now of this world thus arranged to seem wholly like truth I shall tell you; Then you will be nevermore overawed by the notions of mortals. Thus though the fall affects all men, the truth may be revealed to the elect by an act of grace--even the truth about the unreal world of the delusions ____________________ 4 Xenophanes' fragment here alluded to is DK, B 35, quoted here in ch. 5, section xii. below. For the idea of similarity to the truth--or of a statement which partly corresponds to the facts--see especially ch.