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The Poverty of Historicism

‘Probably the only book published this year which will outlive the century.’ Arthur Koestler, reviewing the first edition, The Sunday Times

'Karl Popper was a philosopher of uncommon originality, clarity and depth, and his range was exceptional.' The Times

'One of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century.' The Daily Telegraph

The Poverty of Historicism is one of the most important books on the social sciences to have appeared since the Second World War. A devastating criticism of the idea that there are laws of development in history and that human beings are able to discover them, Popper dedicated the book to all those 'who fell victim to the fascist and communist belief in Inexorable Laws of Historical Destiny.' Short and lucidly written, it has inspired generations of philosophers, historians, politicians and many others, and remains one of the best books for gaining an insight into the ideas of this great thinker.

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The Poverty of Historicism

'Popper's work is of far greater than mere academic value; it has an immediate and manifest bearing on the political decisions everyone has to make.'
The Listener

'This is one of the three or four most important books of the methodology of the social sciences to appear since the war.'
New Statesman