- W. W. Bartley argued that Popper’s original theory of rationality (1945) opened itself to a tu quoque argument from the irrationalist and to avoid this Bartley proposed an alternative theory of rationality: pancritical rationalism (PCR). Bartley’s characterization of PCR leads, however, to self-referential paradox.
- David Miller (1994) outlaws self-reference (and in this way he avoids PCR’s paradoxical nature) by distinguishing between positions and statements, Miller’s distinction looks, however, suspiciously like an ad hoc manoeuvre or as a stipulation that has to be accepted dogmatically.
- Furthermore, Miller’s move is inadequate because it is a second world answer (i. e., it involves attitudes or thoughts) to a third world problem, that is, to logical paradox.
- It is then argued that given the paradoxical nature of PCR, Popper’s old justificationist critical rationalism with its minimum of dogmatism and irrationalism is malgré tout a better option.
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