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Agassi, Joseph

Works: 224 works in 791 publications in 8 languages and 15,002 library holdings
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Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Contributor, Other, htt, Creator
Classifications: Q174, 530.0924
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Most widely held works by Joseph Agassi
A philosopher's apprentice : in Karl Popper's workshop by Joseph Agassi( )

26 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and German and held by 1,927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 -
A critical rationalist aesthetics by Joseph Agassi( )

16 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is a first attempt to cover the whole area of aesthetics from the point of view of critical rationalism. It takes up and expands upon the more narrowly focused work of E. H. Gombrich, Sheldon Richmond, and Raphael Sassower and Louis Ciccotello. The authors integrate the arts into the scientific world view and acknowledge that there is an aesthetic aspect to anything whatsoever. They pay close attention to the social situatedness of the arts. Their aesthetics treats art as emerging from craft in the form of luxurious and playful challenge to the audience. In developing it they place emphasis on the number of questions and claims that can be settled by appeal to empirical facts; on the historical character of aesthetic judgements; and on the connection of aesthetic truth to true love and true friendship, i.e. fidelity and integrity, not to informative truth."--BOOK JACKET
Philosophy from a skeptical perspective by Joseph Agassi( )

20 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Advocates a skeptical position of philosophy and discusses its practical applications in science, ethics, aesthetics, and politics
Faraday as a natural philosopher by Joseph Agassi( Book )

17 editions published between 1971 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science and society : studies in the sociology of science by Joseph Agassi( Book )

17 editions published between 1981 and 2012 in English and Russian and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"If a science has to be supported by fraudulent means, let it perish." With these words of Kepler, Agassi plunges into the actual troubles and glories of science (321). The SOciology of science is no foreign intruder upon scientific knowledge in these essays, for we see clearly how Agassi transforms the tired internalistJexternalist debate about the causal influences in the history of science. The social character of the entire intertwined epistemological and practical natures of the sciences is intrinsic to science and itself split: the internal sociology within science, the external sociology of the social setting without. Agassi sees these social matters in the small as well as the large: from the details of scientific communication, changing publishing as he thinks to 'on-demand' centralism with less waste (Ch. 12), to the colossal tension of romanticism and rationality in the sweep of historical cultures. Agassi is a moral and political philosopher of science, defending, dis turbing, comprehending, criticizing. For him, science in a society requires confrontation, again and again, with issues of autonomy vs. legitimation as the central problem of democracy. And furthermore, devotion to science, pace Popper, Polanyi, and Weber, carries preoccupational dangers: Popper's elitist rooting out of 'pseudo-science', Weber's hard-working obsessive . com mitment to science. See Agassi's Weberian gloss on the social psychology of science in his provocative 'picture of the scientist as maniac' (437)
The continuing revolution : a history of physics from the Greeks to Einstein by Joseph Agassi( Book )

28 editions published between 1968 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sort of a Platonic dialogue based on a series of actual conversations between the author and his son. By vigorously "cross-examining" each other & scrutinizing their own logic the authors try to understand some of the key concepts in the development of physics, as well as the intellectual-social climate in which these ideas evolved
Science and its history : a reassessment of the historiography of science by Joseph Agassi( )

27 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Joseph Agassi has published his Towards an Historiography of Science in 1963. It received many reviews by notable academics, including Maurice Finocchiaro, Charles Gillispie, Thomas S. Kuhn, Geroge Mora, Nicholas Rescher, and L. Pearce Williams. It is still in use in many courses in the philosophy and history of science. Here it appears in a revised and updated with responses to these reviews and with many additional chapters, some already classic, others new. They are all paradigms of the author's innovative way of writing fresh and engaging chapters in the history of the natural sciences
Science in flux by Joseph Agassi( Book )

12 editions published in 1975 in 3 languages and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The very idea of modern science : Francis Bacon and Robert Boyle by Joseph Agassi( )

17 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and German and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a study of the scientific revolution as a movement of amateur science. It describes the ideology of the amateur scientific societies as the philosophy of the Enlightenment Movement and their social structure and the way they made modern science such a magnificent institution. It also shows what was missing in the scientific organization of science and why it gave way to professional science in stages. In particular the book studies the contributions of Sir Francis Bacon and of the Hon. Robert Boyle to the rise of modern science. The philosophy of induction is notoriously problematic, yet its great asset is that it expressed the view of the Enlightenment movement about science
Towards a rational philosophical anthropology by Joseph Agassi( Book )

18 editions published between 1975 and 1977 in English and Italian and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The thesis of the present volume is critical and dual. (1) Present day philosophy of man and sciences of man suffer from the Greek mis taken polarization of everything human into nature and convention which is (allegedly) good and evil, which is (allegedly) truth and fal sity, which is (allegedly) rationality and irrationality, to wit, the polar ization of all fields of inquiry, the natural and social sciences, as well as ethics and all technology, whether natural or social, into the totally positive and the totally negative. (2) Almost all philosophy and sci ences of man share the erroneous work ethic which is the myth of man's evil nature - the myth of the beast in man, the doctrine of original sin. To mediate or to compromise between the first view of human nature as good with the second view of it as evil, sociologists have devised a modified utilitarianism with deferred gratification so called, and the theory of the evil of artificial competition (capitalist and socialist alike) and of keeping up with the Joneses. Now, the mediation is not necessary. For, the polarization makes for abstract errors which are simplistic views of rationality, such as reductionism and positivism of all sorts, as well as for concrete errors, such as the disposition to condemn repeatedly those human weaknesses which are inevitable, namely man's inability to be perfectly rational, avoid all error, etc., thus setting man against himself as all too wicked
Scientific philosophy today : essays in honor of Mario Bunge by Joseph Agassi( Book )

24 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and Italian and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume is dedicated to Mario Bunge in honor of his sixtieth birthday. Mario Bunge is a philosopher of great repute, whose enormous output includes dozens of books in several languages, which will culminate with his Treatise on Basic Philosophy projected in seven volumes, four of which have already appeared [Reidel, I 974ff.]. He is known for his works on research methods, the foundations of physics, biology, the social sciences, the diverse applications of mathematical methods and of systems analysis, and more. Bunge stands for exact philosophy, classical liberal social philosophy, rationalism and enlightenment. He is brave, even relentless, in his attacks on subjectivism, mentalism, and spiritualism, as well as on positivism, mechanism, and dialectics. He believes in logic and clarity, in science and open-mindedness - not as the philosopher's equivalent to the poliƯ tician's rhetoric of motherhood and apple pie, but as a matter of everyday practice, as qualities to cultivate daily in our pursuit of the life worth living. Bunge's philosophy often has the quality of Columbus's egg, and he is prone to come to swift and decisive conclusions on the basis of arguƯ ments which seem to him valid; he will not be perturbed by the fact that most of the advanced thinkers in the field hold different views
Paranoia : a study in diagnosis by Yehuda Fried( Book )

11 editions published in 1976 in English and Dutch and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There is a curious parallel between the philosophy of science and psychiatric theory. The so-called demarcation question, which has exercised philosophers of science over the last decades, posed the problem of distinguishing science proper from non-science - in parƯ ticular, from metaphysics, from pseudo-science, from the nonƯ rational or irrational, or from the untestable or the empirically meaningless. In psychiatric theory, the demarcation question appears as a problem of distinguishing the sane from the insane, the well from the mentally ill. The parallelism is interesting when the criteria for what fails to be scientific are seen to be congruent with the criteria which define those psychoses which are marked by cognitive failure. In this book Dr Yehuda Fried and Professor Joseph Agassi - a practicing psychiatrist and a philosopher of science, respectivel- focus on an extreme case of psychosis - paranoia - as an essentially intellectual disorder: that is, as one in which there is a systematic and chronic delusion which is sustained by logical means. They write: "Paranoia is an extreme case by the very fact that paranoia is by definition a quirk of the intellectual apparatus, a logical delusion." (p. 2
Popper and his popular critics : Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend and Imre Lakatos by Joseph Agassi( )

18 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume examines Popper's philosophyby analyzingthe criticismofhis most popular critics:Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend and Imre Lakatos. They all followedhisrejection of the traditional view of science as inductive. Starting from the assumption that Hume's criticism of induction is valid, the book explores the central criticism and objections that these three critics have raised.Their objections have met with great success, are significant and deserve paraphrase. One alsomay consider them reasonable protests against Popper's high standards rather thanfundamental criticisms of his philosophy.The book starts out with a preliminary discussion of some central background material and essentials of Popper's philosophy. It ends with nutshell representations of the philosophies of Popper. Kuhn, Feyerabend and Lakatos. The middle section of the book presents the connection between these philosophers and explains what their central ideas consists of, what the critical arguments are, how they presented them, and how valid they are. In the process, the author claims that Popper's popular critics used against him arguments that he had invented (and answered) without saying so. They differ from him mainly in that they demanded of all criticism that it should be constructive: do not stop believing a refuted theory unless there is a better alternative to it. Popper hardly ever discussed belief, delegating its study to psychology proper; he usually discussed only objective knowledge, knowledge that is public and thus open to public scrutiny
Hong Kong: a society in transition by I. C Jarvie( Book )

10 editions published between 1968 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Technology, philosophical and social aspects by Joseph Agassi( Book )

13 editions published between 1985 and 1990 in English and Hebrew and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hong Kong: a society in transition; contributions to the study of Hong Kong society by I. C Jarvie( Book )

18 editions published between 1961 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1998
Rationality : the critical view by Joseph Agassi( Book )

17 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In our papers on the rationality of magic, we distinghuished, for purposes of analysis, three levels of rationality. First and lowest (rationalitYl) the goal directed action of an agent with given aims and circumstances, where among his circumstances we included his knowledge and opinions. On this level the magician's treatment of illness by incantation is as rational as any traditional doctor's blood-letting or any modern one's use of anti-biotics. At the second level (rationalitY2) we add the element of rational thinking or thinking which obeys some set of explicit rules, a level which is not found in magic in general, though it is sometimes given to specific details of magical thinking within the magical thought-system. It was the late Sir Edward E. Evans-Pritchard who observed that when considering magic in detail the magician may be as consistent or critical as anyone else; but when considering magic in general, or any system of thought in general, the magician could not be critical or even comprehend the criticism. Evans-Pritchard went even further: he was sceptical as to whether it could be done in a truly consistent manner: one cannot be critical of one's own system, he thought. On this level (rationalitY2) of discussion we have explained (earlier) why we prefer to wed Evans Pritchard's view of the magician's capacity for piece-meal rationality to Sir James Frazer's view that magic in general is pseudo-rational because it lacks standards of rational thinking
Towards an historiography of science by Joseph Agassi( Book )

13 editions published between 1963 and 1967 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science and culture by Joseph Agassi( Book )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Science and Culture is for practising professionals in the philosophy of science and the sociology of science, and for political scientists and science policy students and administrators, as well as for the general and educated public."--Jacket
The gentle art of philosophical polemics : selected reviews and comments by Joseph Agassi( Book )

12 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A critical rationalist aesthetics
A critical rationalist aestheticsPhilosophy from a skeptical perspectiveScience and society : studies in the sociology of scienceScience and its history : a reassessment of the historiography of scienceScience in fluxTowards a rational philosophical anthropologyScientific philosophy today : essays in honor of Mario BungeParanoia : a study in diagnosis
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Agasi, Yosef.

Agasî, Yôsef 1927-

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Agassi, J.

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Agassi, J. (Joseph)

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Agassi, Yosef

Aggāsî, Yôsēf 1927-

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Joseph Agassi filosofo israeliano

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Yôsēf Agassî 1927-

Джозеф Агасси

אגסי, יוסף

אגסי יוסף 1927-....

יוסף אגסי

יוסף אגסי פילוסוף ישראלי

아가시, 조셉 1927-

애거시, 조셉 1927-

アガシ, ヨセフ