Principles and Policies.

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  • Author(s): Stelzer, Harald
  • Source:
    Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Jul2016, Vol. 46 Issue 4, p375-391. 17p.
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    • Abstract:
      Even though social engineering has gained a bad reputation, due to new possibilities in the information age, it may be time to reconsider Karl Popper’s conception of “piecemeal social engineering.” Piecemeal social engineering is not only an element within Popper’s open society. It also connects his political philosophy to his philosophy of science and his evolutionary epistemology. Furthermore, it seems to fit well into the search for implementation strategies for policies and social actions in the context of nonideal theory. Nevertheless, this does not necessarily undermine the need for political ideals and first-order principles, which are inhabitants of “World 3.” [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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