Karl Popper (1902-1994) was “one of the most important philosophers of science of the 20th century, and also a very significant social science commentator. People know him for promoting the scientific method and combatting the idea that truth is a social construction and that kind of argument. He has a really important role to play in the whole conversation around post-truth because he’s saying, ‘No. There is reality, and we can get at it.’”—Nick Enfield, professor of linguistics at the University of Sydney, in an interview on ‘Language and Post-truth.’
Books by Karl Popper
Interviews where books by Karl Popper were recommended
The concept of ‘race’ is misleading and inaccurate, argues Kurt Barling, Professor of Journalism at the University of Middlesex and author of The R Word: Racism and Modern Society. He recommends the best books to think about racism.
Language, Thought, and Reality
by Benjamin Lee Whorf
The Myth of the Framework: In Defence of Science and Rationality
by Karl Popper
The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World
by David Deutsch
Not Born Yesterday: The Science of Who We Trust and What We Believe
by Hugo Mercier
The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't
by Julia Galef
The word ‘post-truth’ may only have entered the Oxford English Dictionary in the last decade, but the phenomenon it describes is much older and deeper, connected not so much to the latest internet trend as the fundamentals of human cognition and communication. Here, linguistic anthropologist Nick Enfield, a professor at the University of Sydney and a member of its fighting truth decay research node, introduces the best books to get thinking about the complex relationship between language and reality.