The Society Most Conducive to Problem Solving
Karl Popper and Piecemeal Social Engineering
By Brian J. Gladish
This article appeared in the Winter 2019/20 issue of The Independent Review.
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.
Brian J. Gladish is an independent scholar residing in Prescott Valley, Arizona.