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The evolutionary foundation of Popper's concept of three worlds: a neglected perspective of human ecological research in geography

Werndl, Charlotte, Schafranek, M. and Hubert, Franz (2008) The evolutionary foundation of Popper's concept of three worlds: a neglected perspective of human ecological research in geography. Geographische Zeitschrift, 94 (3). pp. 129-142. ISSN 0016-7479

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Abstract

References to Popper’s concept of three worlds occupy a central position in ontological and human ecological questions in the recent literature on theoretical geography. This article demonstrates that Popper’s ideas and concepts have not been fully understood, causing problems for integrative research. Firstly, we critically review the discussion of Popper’s concept of three worlds in geography. We criticize its popular ontological interpretation, and furthermore we point out that Popper’s evolutionary basis has been consistently neglected. Subsequently we present an interpretation of Popper’s concept of three worlds which seems most plausible. We thereby identify his intentions and emphasize the evolutionary foundation of our interpretation of his theory. Finally, perspectives for human ecological research in geography on the basis of theories of evolution and emergence will be outlined.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.steiner-verlag.de/GZ/
Additional Information: © 2008 Steiner Verlag
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Sets: Departments > Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2011 14:41
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/31101/

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