The Poverty of Historicism by Karl Popper

In this classic in the philosophy of history, Karl Popper ( attacks those who believe in the ‘iron laws’ of history. In other words that there is some kind of fixed destiny or inevitability about how things must work out. For example, the ascendancy of the ‘pure blooded’ races (Fascism). Or the victory of the proletariat over their bourgeois oppressors (Communism). As elegant and concise a demolition of sets of ideas as you could hope to read. First published in 1957.

176 pages in Routledge paperback edition.

ISBN 978-0415278461

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