Unended Quest

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Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography
Unended Quest, Karl Popper book.jpg
Cover of the first edition
AuthorKarl Popper
CountryUnited States
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pagesiii, 316 pp. [2002 ed.]
192 B
LC ClassB1649.P64 A38

Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography is a 1976 book by the philosopher Karl Popper.[1]

The work first appeared with the title "Autobiography of Karl Popper" in The Philosophy of Karl Popper (1974) from the Library of Living Philosophers series.[2]

The book chronicles Popper's life from the beginning, including wider implications he drew from his experiences. In chapter 1, "Omniscience and Fallibility," for example, he describes his apprenticeship to a cabinetmaker while he was a university student. His master invited him to ask anything he liked, because, with due modesty, the master claimed to know everything. From his omniscient master, Popper writes that he became a disciple of Socrates and learned more about the theory of knowledge, including how little he knew, than from his university teachers.[3] Other thematic chapter subjects include music, education, philosophical problems Popper encountered, and his differences from other philosophers, whether earlier or contemporary. These are woven into an account of events in his life and research programmes that he developed.[4] For example, Chapter 24 discusses 2 of his best-known works, The Open Society and Its Enemies and The Poverty of Historicism, and the origins of 'critical rationalism' to describe the approach he espoused.


  1. ^ Karl Popper (1976 [2002]). Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography. Contents. London and New York: Routledge ISBN 0-415-28589-5
  2. ^ Karl Popper (1974). "Autobiography of Karl Popper," The Philosophy of Karl Popper, Paul A. Schilpp, ed., The Library of Living Philosophers, Open Court Publishing, v. 1, pp. 2-184.
  3. ^ Karl Popper (1976 [2002]). Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography. p. 1.
  4. ^ Karl R. Popper ([1976] 2002). Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography. Description and contents.