Sound Recordings from the Sir Karl R. Popper Papers Now Available

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sixty-two sound recordings from the papers of noted philosopher Karl Popper have been digitized and are available in the Hoover Archives Reading Room. These recordings, many of which existed on archaic media such as reel-to-reel tape and SoundScriber dictation discs, represent all the recorded sound materials in the Sir Karl R. Popper papers.

Among the recordings are seminars, lectures, and interviews concerning topics central to Popper's legacy such as the philosophy of science, social and political philosophy, language, democracy, individualism, and the "open society."

Examples of programs in the collection include

  • "A Defense of Free Thinking in Quantum Theory," speech, Cambridge University Philosophy and Science Club, Cambridge, England
  • "The Problem of Scientific Knowledge," lecture, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • "Induction," seminar series, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • "On Problems and How to Understand Them," speech, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • "Knowledge and the Body-Mind Problem," lecture series, 1969, Emory University
  • "On Induction," seminar, London School of Economics
  • "Determinism, Indeterminism and World 3," lecture, 1971, Amsterdam, Holland
  • "Natural Selection and the Emergence of Mind," lecture, Darwin College, Cambridge, England
  • "Interaction and the Reality of World 3," speech, Alpbach European Forum, Alpbach, Austria

A finding aid with further descriptions of the Popper collection is available on the Online Archive of California.

To set up an appointment to listen to the recordings at the archives or purchase copies if you cannot visit, please see Audiovisual Services.