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Popper’s (Pseudo) Criticism of Marx’s Philosophy

Posted: 12 Sep 2012 Last revised: 8 Oct 2012

Mariusz Baranowski

Adam Mickiewicz University

Date Written: September 12, 2012


The main objective of this paper is to present a reinterpretation of Karl Popper’s position on the methodological and sociopolitical views of Karl Marx. In spite of the weaknesses of the Popperian critique of the achievements of Marx, special attention will be focused on the explanation of contradictions within the epistemological position of the former. This will be of great importance in the context of the analysis of Marx’s historicism, and also help to undermine the coherence view of falsificationism founder. Additionally, this newly developed perspective will serve as a starting point for evaluation of Marx’s intellectual output, as well as concept referring to him.

Keywords: historicism, falsificationism, social engineering, historical materialism

JEL Classification: B00

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Baranowski, Mariusz, Popper’s (Pseudo) Criticism of Marx’s Philosophy (September 12, 2012). Available at SSRN:

Mariusz Baranowski (Contact Author)

Adam Mickiewicz University ( email )

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Poznan, 60-568

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