The Society Most Conducive to Problem Solving
Karl Popper and Piecemeal Social Engineering
By Brian J. Gladish
In The Open Society and Its Enemies, the philosopher of science Karl Popper (19021994) outlined a method of social reform he called piecemeal social engineering, a policy approach antithetical to thinkers who are wary of interventionism. Ironically, Poppers own work on the evolution of knowledge offers a strong foundation on which to criticize Poppers interventionism and to support market freedom.