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Karl Popper’s The Poverty of Historicism after 60 years

Karl R. Popper. 1957, The Poverty of Historicism. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 2nd ed. 1972

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I owe a debt of gratitude to Karl Milford for making critical comments and suggestions and providing me with factual information. I remain, of course, fully responsible for the text.

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Birner, J. Karl Popper’s The Poverty of Historicism after 60 years. Metascience 27, 183–193 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11016-018-0303-5

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