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About the philosophers   
Papers on Popper
Papers on Bartley 
Papers on Hayek 
Papers on Mises
Links of interest
About me 
My books    
Amazon reviews 50+ short reviews

Resources for Critical Rationalism 

Oysterium, 30+ posts, Oct 2005 to Nov 2007
Club Troppo 2005 - 2008
Catallaxy 04- 05       Catallaxy 06     Catallaxy 07      Catallaxy 08

Revivalist 1 Jacques Barzun, Yvor Winters, James McAuley
Revivalist 2 Liam Hudson, Barry Humphries
Revivalist 3 Karl and Charlotte Buhler, Rene Wellek
Revivalist 4  Peter Bauer, Bill Hutt, Ian D Suttie

The Guest Room
Hal Colebatch, Peter Coleman, Frank Devine, Quadrant Magazine, John Stone, Roger Sandall, Nicholas Maxwell, Barry Williams

Open Society Condensed
Conjectures and Refutations Condensed 
The Poverty of Historicism   

Challenging the mythology of the trade union movement

Popper Papers
The purpose of Popper (overview)        
Honi Soit 1971, demarcation and the non-authoritarian theory of knowledge 
Popper's evolutionary theory, the critical approach  versus Kuhn & Lakatos
Objective Knowledge Applications    
The Tanner Lecture  Popper on the "three worlds" 
Metaphysical research programs with criticism of Lakatos and Kuhn
Critique of essentialism                                     
Unchanged meanings - the third world and literary criticism
Critical preference in science and ethics
Raditzky and Bartley  (eds) on Evolutionary Epistemology
Radnitzky and Bartley longer review
Peter Munz defends Popper against Wittgenstein and others
Beyond Wittgestein's Poker  Munz suggests Popper and Witt should have made up
Introduction to my book of essays
Critique of Stove on Popper  
Vienna paper on Popper and the Austrians
Jarvie on Popper's social turn 
Popper on education  See also chapter 11 of OSE.
Commentary of MPS papers at Christchurch 1989
Review of Pluto's Republic A book of essays by Peter Medawar
Simkin on Popper
Magee on Popper. pdf
Magee  what is wrong with modern philosophy
Caldwell clarifies Popper 
The Kuhnian Diversion
Quantum Physics and the Schism
Review of Hacohen on Popper
Agassi on the novelty of Popper's contribution
Too much emphasis on demarcation?

Birner on Popper and Hayek  from Prague 2008
Jarvie on Popper's Situational Analysis

Review of The Fatal Conceit
Review of Serfdom Revisited, 50 years on   
Uniting the non-right - keeping focussed after the Cold War                   
The Austrian Key - the principles applied to reform in Australia                   
Review of Chandran Kukathas on Hayek and modern liberalism   
Novak on the Church and the Austrians            

Review of Mises on epistemololgy
The philosophy and economics of liberalism (Gotto Prize entry)
Agreeing to Disagree - review of The Retreat to Commitment               
Deconstruction deconstructed - application to lit theory                   
Unfathomed Knowledge - review           
Bartley on logical strength - from The Retreat (revised)              
Cracking the dogmatic framework of thought
Rationality vs the theory of rationality: CCR 1964            
1982 review of the Schilpp volumes: the ecology of rationality
Jarvie's memorial essay
Review of Jan Lester Escape from Leviathan: Bartley's ideas applied

Revivalist 1  Summer   Jacques Barzun, Yvor Winters, James McAuley
Jacques Barzun
Essay on Barzun
1983 Preface to Teacher In America

Yvor Winters
Essay on Yvor Winters

James McAuley
McAuley's 20 Quadrants

Revivalist 2 Autumn    Liam Hudson, R D Fitzgerald, Barry Humphries
Liam Hudson including extracts from The Cult of the Fact
Hudson's vision the need to humanist psychology
Hudson's progress  his career and major works

R D Fitzgerald

Barry Humphries    with extracts from Peter Coleman's biography
Karl Popper meets Bazza Mackenzie

Revivalist 3    The Buhlers, Wellek, the myth of the Australian Cultural Cringe
Karl and Charlotte Buhler
Rene Wellek 
Wellek on the "new nihilism" 
Freadman and Milller critique high literary theory

Revivalst 4    Peter Bauer, Bill Hutt, Ian D Suttie               
Peter Bauer  

William Harold Hutt
Hutt on the factory system 
The achievement of Bill Hutt
The "bitter struggle" of labour
On the origin and evolution of apartheid in South Africa. Trade unionism plus racism

Challenging some myths of the trade union movement  A paper for the H R Nicholls Society
The toffs and the trade unions almost sink Britain  From "The Lion & the Ostrich" (Koestler)

Ian D Suttie    
Frequently Asked Questions 
Taboo on Tenderness

Keith Hancock on Protectionism in Australia  
Commerce and gambling in the rise of cricket, especially international tours 

Peter Coleman
McAuley's 20 Quadrants
Roger Sandall          Cinema of Witness: Soviet attrocities including  the Baltic States
John Stone               Deregulate (wages) or Perish
Barry Williams 
John Hyde  
Hal Colebatch 

Australian Wage Fixing and Arbitration in Contempt (first conference, H R Nicholls Society)
Essays on Australian Science in the Making 
Proceedings of a conference on global culture
The Australian achievement, by Mark Cooray     
The Wonders of Science  An Australian physicist on science, religion and society  
Microbiology in Australia   A tribute to a leader in science and applied research    
What is this thing called science?   Alan Chalmers on the modern philosophy of science                
Life Among the Scientists  Anthropological study of scientists at work      
Interviews with Nobel Prizewinners  Good stuff!  
Thomas Sowell on Affirmative Action   the worldwide disasters of positive discrimination  
Review of Pybus on James McAuley   A profoundly flawed study of a significant figure  
Hacohen on Popper     (originally in Quadrant magazine) 
Collingwood's political essays  
The Betrayal of Liberalism (the descent into left liberalism) 
Barzun, The House of Intellect 
Proceedings of the NZ 2002 Popper Conference 
Head and Walter  Essays on intellectual movements in Australia
Keith Windschuttle on The Killing of History 
Mills: The Sociological Imagination 
Blainey and The Fuss That Never Ended 
Jim Franklin on the history of philosophy in Australia 
Essays on "prematurity in science"
Hal Colebatch  Steadfast Knight 
Swann and Pratt on education research methods 
Wade Hands on the state of philosophy and methodology in economics
Larry Boland on The Foundations of Economic Method                                        l
Three books on the Australian legend and cognate mythology, Docker, Carroll, Frankel
Us and Them (Sawer and Hindess eds) 
Agassi on Simkin on Popper
Mises on The Epistemologial Problems of Economics
Jan Lester on The Escape from Leviathan 
Magee, Confessions of a philosopher   
Quantum Physics and the Schism in Science
Jeremy Shearmur on my collection of essays
The People's Vote   the case for citizen-initiated referendums 
Hooker and Hahlweg  Issues in EE
Stokes on Popper  Review


The Open Society and its Enemies: The Project with Index of  Chapters
   Introduction  The structure and leading themes of the book
1. Historicism and destiny  
   Auden's essay on the open and closed society 
2. Heraclitus 
3. Plato’s theory of forms and essentialism
4. Change and rest.
5. Nature and convention 
6. Totalitarian justice 
7 and 8 Leadership and the philosopher king 
9. The utopian impulse Critique of revolutionary reform and "canvas cleaning"
10. The open society   Auden on the open and closed society
11-1 Aristotle on history, also politics and final causes            baunausic
       note 44
       notes 46 and 47
       note 51

11-2 Essentialism and obsession with terms and concepts
13. Sociological determinism
14. The autonomy of sociology
15. Economic historicism 
16. The classes
17. The legal and social system 
18. The coming of socialism 
19. The social revolution, part 1 
19. The social revolution, part 2 
20. Capitalism and its fate 
21. An evaluation of the prophecy
22. The moral theory of historicism 
23. The sociology of knowledge  
24. The revolt against reason 
25. Does history have any meaning?

The Poverty of Historicism
Some sections from Part III and !V.
Full text available at Questia    

Conjectures and Refutations
Full text available at Questia   
Introduction: on the sources of knowledge and of ignorance
The nature of philosophical problems: roots in science etc
Three theories of knowledge: critique of instrumentalism
Back to the Presocratics 
Kant's Critique and Cosmology  
On the status of science and metaphysics  
The Problem of Demarcation:  a contribution to the Carnap memorial volume
Public Opinion and Liberal Principles:  a talk to the Mont Pelerin Society
The History of our time: an optimist's view

The Alpha Centauri Program   From the world food problem to the "More Austrian Program"

Reduction vs Existence  Cricket game theory and the key issues in the human sciences

The Even More Austrian Program   The Austrian economists, Popper and some others

Three Strands of Austrian thought  Economics, evolutionary epistemology and objective knowledge

Mises: Sleeping Giant  
Mises on Epistemology   
Barry Smith on the philosophical framework   compare with Popper's metaphysics

Talcott Parsons     The action frame of reference, found and lost
The trajectory of a Parsonian  From neofunctionalism to the "strong cultural program"

Birner on Menger and Popper 
MPS Christchurch talk


Thesis 1The history of services for intellectual handicap in NSW (from 1788)
Thesis 2        The Duhem thesis

Book Outline  Philosophy for the Third Millennium   

Brian Penton      journalist, writer and bohemian 2008

Cedric Emanuel   visual historian and all-round good sport

R G Collingwood, An Autobiography, Chapter 1
R G Collingwood, An Essay on Metaphysics, summary 
R G Collingwood, overview of his career 


Bias on campus: An Academic Bill of Rights?   

David McKnight Beyond Left and Right   inept criticism of "neoliberalism"

The Betrayal of Liberalism (the descent into left liberalism) 

Why Labor rules in Australia   the result of  conscription for the Vietnam war

The Marshall Plan:The original debacle of foreign aid   Tyler Cowen's expose

60 short reviews.

The road from Irishtown .  Publication pending as Amazon ebook.
Keith Barley, supervisor and friend. Publication pending.

2009 Folder


2010 Folder

Jarvie on Popper's SA and RP plus contributions in OSE
Jim Vincent Interview 
The Fabian game plan
Assorted PDF files
Philip on Soils, Science and Models
Philip on Newton's Health and Confusion to Mathematics
Gombrich on the publication of The Open Society and its Enemies 

July 2010 - September 2011

Israel Trip
Defence of Fallible Apriorism
Parvin on Popper
Hulsmann on Mises
The Impact of Conscription for Vietnam
Memoire of John Murray
Popperian "turns"
The Convergence of Parsons, von Mises and Popper
Kealey on the economics of scientific research
How to make research pay - Australian rural research
Jim Vincent Interview
Poverty of Historicism: the program and institutional analysis 
Rafe's Roundup. Summaries of magazine articles around the world.
Trashing Popper  
Virtual Classical Liberal Conference
Development texts
Jarvie on Popper on the Differences between Natural and Human Sciences
Agassi on Institutional Individualism
Jarvie on the rationality principle in Popper's model of social science explanation
Roger James Return to Reason Introduction (Start)
Summary of Bartley's paper A Popperian Harvest 
Simkin Book Part I 
Simkin Book Part II 
Hartwell on the MPS
Bartley on Popper and Wittgenstein as Austrian schoolteachers
Bartley on Biology vs Philosoph of Physics  
Short form of Bartley on Popper and Wittgenstein as schoolteachers 
Bartley on The Division of Knowledge 
Yvor Winters Foreword to In Defense of Reason.
Wachterhauser on The Uses of Popper
Wachterhauser on Light and Life 
Of Clouds and Clocks 
Poole's Review of Unended Quest
Memories of the Health Department 1974-2011
Rafe's Roundup 
Magee on what is wrong with modern philosophy extracts from Confessions
Review of Boylan and O'Gorman, papers on Popper and economics
Popper on "The non-existence of scientific method"  
Extracts from The Logic of Scientific Discovery
Popper on Music  
Blaug Memoire
IR Watch   Industrial Relations when the lunatics take over the asylum.
Standing IR sites.  
Wall on Problem Solving, Learning to think,  
1980s New Right press cover   
Review of Deirdre McCloskey on rhetoric in economics 
Deregulation (Economic Rationality) for Public Health  
The second most intellectually stimulating event of the year W Civ & the European Miracle  
The bourgeoise virtues.   Deirdre McCloskey
Fishing Pictures
Sumary of John Grover Struggle for Power
The policy of The Greens political party in Australia
Summary of Garth Paltridge The Climate Caper  
Gellner  the introductory chapter to the 2002 book by Michael Lessnoff   
Popper and CR Resources  currently being updated for 2012
Stanislav Andreski  
Poverty reader, to be replaced by an Amazon e book
Problems with contemporary philosophy
The IPCC as a Delinquent Teenager   
Draft paper for the Leeson volume of Hayek papers 
Open Society Reading Guide  to be replaced by an Amazon e book
The Logic of Scientific Disovery Reading Guide to be replaced by an Amazon e book
Quadrant vol I 1957
Quadrant Vol II 1958 
Conjectures and Refutations Reading Guide to be replaced by an Amazon e book
Texas Paper: Austrian Realism, Economics and Popperian MRPs
Reading notes on Francis Crick This Mad Pursuit.
Reply to Karl-Otto Apel on the foundations of belief and justification
Karl Popper's Introduction to the Philosophy of Science


full index
the Revivalist