Daniel Dobiaš - Soňa Dobiašová

Some Comments on the Open Society Politological Issue (from Popper to Soros and Back)

(Niekoľko poznámok k politologickému problému otvorenej spoločnosti. (Od Poppera k Sorosovi a späť))

 Politické vedy, Volume 22, Number 4/2019, pages 125-148



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DOBIAŠ, D. - DOBIAŠOVÁ, S. 2019. Some Comments on the Open Society Politological Issue (from Popper to Soros and Back). In Politické vedy. [online]. Vol. 22, No. 4, 2019. ISSN 1335 – 2741, pp. 125-148. Available at:


The concept of open society is among possible projective alternatives that is related to the search for an acceptable arrangement of social and political structures of society, while largely reflecting the fundamental uncertainty of reality. The primary goal of this paper is in an endeavour to place the key political, philosophical and partly historical parameters of the concept of open society in the arena of contemporary political theory and practice, the analysis of strengths and risks of an open society concept in terms of its potential content, taking into account the cross/section of individual differentiated interests with circumstances, systemic pressures or ideological prejudices and making precise recommendations for a full-fledged implementation of an empirically verifiable form of coexistence, superior to any potential and/or existing totalitarian alternatives. Especially, we have outlined general framework of the concept of open society and the transformation of theoretical parameters of an open society into a political intention (system) in K. R. Popper and G. Soros theory of open society and the philosophy of critical rationalism.

Key words: open society, critical rationalism, fallibilism, humanism, democracy, totalitarianism

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