Epilogue: Civilization and Its Self-defense

Joseph Agassi*

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Both noble conduct and the violent conduct that calls for self-defense are often but in principle quite unexpected. Popper’s popular critics attacked him often in verbal violence or at least in unacceptable manners. Whether this calls for strong measures is doubtful, since they did him the courtesy of recognizing that he had high standards, ones that they criticized as too high. This, it seems to me, is their chief characteristic.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Philosophy
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages3
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Philosophy
ISSN (Print)2211-4548
ISSN (Electronic)2211-4556


  • Intellectual Asset
  • Moral Violence
  • Popular Critic
  • Rationalist Philosopher
  • Verbal Violence


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