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Agassi, Joseph

Works: 174 works in 701 publications in 10 languages and 12,858 library holdings
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Most widely held works by Joseph Agassi
A philosopher's apprentice : in Karl Popper's workshop by Joseph Agassi( )

28 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and German and held by 1,592 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( )

13 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,361 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."--Jacket
Faraday as a natural philosopher by Joseph Agassi( Book )

16 editions published between 1971 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 742 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

18 editions published between 1981 and 2012 in English and Russian and held by 540 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)
Science and its history : a reassessment of the historiography of science by Joseph Agassi( )

26 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Joseph Agassi has published his "Towards an Historiography of Science" in 1963. It received many reviews by notable academics. This work includes responses to these reviews and contains many additional chapters
The continuing revolution : a history of physics from the Greeks to Einstein by Joseph Agassi( Book )

27 editions published between 1968 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 514 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 in flux by Joseph Agassi( Book )

15 editions published in 1975 in 4 languages and held by 504 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

15 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and German and held by 439 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. This explains the ambivalence that we still exhibit towards Sir Francis Bacon whose radicalism and vision of pure and applied science still a major aspect of the fabric of society. Finally, the book discusses Boyles philosophy, his agreement with and dissent from Bacon and the way he single-handedly trained a crowd of poorly educated English aristocrats and rendered them into an army of able amateur researchers
Towards a rational philosophical anthropology by Joseph Agassi( Book )

17 editions published between 1975 and 1977 in English and Italian and held by 413 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
Paranoia : a study in diagnosis by Yehuda Fried( Book )

15 editions published in 1976 in 3 languages and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scientific philosophy today : essays in honor of Mario Bunge by Joseph Agassi( Book )

21 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hong Kong: a society in transition by I. C Jarvie( Book )

7 editions published between 1968 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Popper and his popular critics : Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend and Imre Lakatos by Joseph Agassi( )

17 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume examines Popper’s philosophy by analyzing the criticism of his most popular critics: Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend and Imre Lakatos. They all followed his rejection 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 also may consider them reasonable protests against Popper’s high standards rather than fundamental 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
Towards an historiography of science by Joseph Agassi( Book )

30 editions published between 1963 and 1967 in 3 languages and held by 381 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy from a skeptical perspective by Joseph Agassi( Book )

16 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Advocates a skeptical position of philosophy and discusses its practical applications in science, ethics, aesthetics, and politics
Technology, philosophical and social aspects by Joseph Agassi( Book )

14 editions published between 1985 and 1990 in English and Hebrew and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

20 editions published between 1961 and 2000 in English and Italian and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1998
Critical rationalism : essays for Joseph Agassi by I. C Jarvie( Book )

29 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and Esperanto and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The distinguished contributors from three continents focus in this book particularly on the broad philosophical framework known as critical rationalism, testing its limitations, and discovering surprising connections. The essays well illustrate the fecundity and range of Professor Agassi's interests, and the broad range of persons he has influenced. Of particular concern in the volume are the broad frameworks of rationality and of religion. The religion of science, which is something Agassi has always opposed, is debated here. Among other distinguished contributors, the volume contains one of the last papers by the late Paul K. Feyerabend
Rationality : the critical view by Joseph Agassi( Book )

15 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 278 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
Science and culture by Joseph Agassi( Book )

17 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 268 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
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A critical rationalist aesthetics
A critical rationalist aestheticsScience and society : studies in the sociology of scienceScience and its history : a reassessment of the historiography of scienceScience in fluxTowards a rational philosophical anthropologyParanoia : a study in diagnosisScientific philosophy today : essays in honor of Mario BungeHong Kong: a society in transition
Alternative Names
Agasi, Yosef.

Agasî, Yôsef 1927-

ʾAgasiy, Ywsep

ʾAgasiy Ywsep 1927-....

Agassi, J.

Agassi, J. 1927-

Agassi, J. (Joseph)

Agassi, Joseph, 1927-

Agassi, Yosef

Aggāsî, Yôsēf 1927-

Joseph Agassi

Joseph Agassi academic

Joseph Agassi filosofo israeliano

Joseph Agassi filosoof uit Israël

Joseph Agassi israelischer Logiker und Philosoph

Yôsēf Agassî 1927-

Джозеф Агасси

אגסי, יוסף

אגסי יוסף 1927-....

יוסף אגסי

יוסף אגסי פילוסוף ישראלי

アガシ, ヨセフ