Encouraging Openness

Essays for Joseph Agassi on the Occasion of His 90th Birthday

  • Nimrod Bar-Am
  • Stefano Gattei

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science book series (BSPS, volume 325)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Reflections on Rationalism as a Tradition and a Choice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nicholas Rescher
      Pages 13-17
    3. Christopher R. Donohue
      Pages 19-26
    4. Zuzana Parusniková
      Pages 27-39
    5. Michael Chiariello
      Pages 41-52
  3. The Sceptic Quest for a Sensible World

  4. Making Sense of a Changing Past: History and Historiography

  5. The Open Society and Its Challenges

  6. The Human Study of Human Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 365-365
    2. Ian C. Jarvie
      Pages 367-388
    3. Michael Banton
      Pages 389-398
    4. Hilde Hein
      Pages 399-416
    5. Fred Eidlin, Barry Eidlin
      Pages 417-427
    6. Lawrence A. Boland
      Pages 429-437
    7. Raphael Sassower
      Pages 439-453
  7. Philosophical Encounters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 491-491
    2. Nathaniel Laor
      Pages 493-510
    3. Rafe Champion
      Pages 511-528
    4. Michael Segre
      Pages 529-541
    5. Charles Sawyer
      Pages 547-561
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 563-584

About this book


This volume features forty-two essays written in honor of Joseph Agassi. It explores the work and legacy of this influential philosopher, an exciting and challenging advocate of critical rationalism. Throughout six decades of stupendous intellectual activity, Agassi called attention to rationality as the very starting point of every notable philosophical way of life.

The essays present Agassi’s own views on critical rationalism. They also develop and expand upon his work in new and provocative ways. The authors include Agassi's most notable pupils, friends, and colleagues. Overall, their contributions challenge the received view on a variety of issues concerning science, religion, and education.

Readers will find well-reasoned arguments on such topics as the secular problem of evil, religion and critical thinking, liberal democratic educational communities, democracy and constitutionalism, and capitalism at a crossroad.
To Joseph Agassi, philosophy is the practice of reason, where reason is understood as the relentless search for criticisms of the best available explanations that we have to the world around us. This book not only honors one of the most original philosophers of science today. It also offers readers insights into a school of thought that lies at the heart of philosophy.


Critical Rationalism Philosophy of Science Philosophy of Economics History of Ideas Education and Religion Philosophy of Technology Philosophy of Social Science Logical Extremism Karl Popper educational communities Secular Problem of Evil

Editors and affiliations

  • Nimrod Bar-Am
    • 1
  • Stefano Gattei
    • 2
  1. 1.Communication and Mass Media DepartmentSapir CollegeShaar HanegevIsrael
  2. 2.California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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