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

By Charlotte Werndl, M. Schafranek and Franz Hubert


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

Topics: B Philosophy (General)
Publisher: Steiner Verlag
Year: 2008
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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