Story: Philosophy

Karl Popper, 1945

Austrian-born Karl Popper was a renowned philosopher of science and was also recognised for his contribution to social and political science. He was the University of Canterbury's philosophy lecturer from 1937 to 1945, and it was during his time in New Zealand that he wrote his best-known philosophical work, The open society and its enemies (1945). At the time academic staff concentrated on teaching, and very little original research came out of the university. Popper was in a class of his own. This is Popper at Aoraki/Mt Cook in 1945.

In 1994, not long after Popper's death, broadcaster Kim Hill interviewed University of Otago philosopher and ex-student of Popper, Alan Musgrave, who talked about Popper's contribution to philosophy and thought in general. 

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Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury
Reference: 1698

Permission of the Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero (Nine to Noon, 19 September 1994/ Reference number ID 242851)

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Philosophy - Philosophers in New Zealand, 1870s to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/42680/karl-popper-1945 (accessed 25 May 2017)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 22 Oct 2014