Is Popper’s Third World Autonomous?

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  • Author(s): Gadenne, Volker
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    Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Jun2016, Vol. 46 Issue 3, p288-303. 16p.
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      Popper’s theory of the three worlds has been widely criticized. In this paper, the main points of criticism are discussed. It is shown that the most serious difficulties are caused by Popper’s assumption that world 3 contains ideal, Platonic objects, which nevertheless have a history and are, in a certain sense, able to create other world 3 objects. Then it is asked whether the idea of a third world is necessary to explain the growth of knowledge and the development of culture. The question is answered in the negative. Finally, it is discussed whether the talk of world 3 objects can be interpreted in a way that does not raise the problems of Popper’s conception. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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