|Abstract||It is a simple, though ancient, mistake in the theory of knowledge to think that justiﬁcation, in any degree, is central to rationality, or even important to it. We must cut for ever the intellectual apron strings that continue to oﬀer us spurious and unneeded security, and replace the insoluble problem of what our theories are based on by the soluble problem of how to expose their shortcomings. The paper will outline (not for the ﬁrst time) the critical rationalism of Karl Popper, taking account of some recent criticisms. A brief discussion of the status of the laws of logic provides an illustration of the power of the critical approach.|
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