Mark Notturno received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University in 1982. He was a friend and associate of Sir Karl Popper, and has lectured on his philosophy in more than twenty countries in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. He is the author of Hayek and Popper: On Rationality, Economism, and Democracy; On Popper; Science and the Open Society; and Objectivity, Rationality and the Third Realm—and the editor of Perspectives on Psychologism. He is also the editor of Popper’s The Myth of the Framework and Knowledge and the Body-Mind Problem.
Notturno held teaching and research positions at several universities and foundations before joining IF. From 1994 through 1999, he was the director of the Soros and Ianus Foundations’ ‘Popper Project’. He lived in Budapest and Vienna during this time, from where he organized and directed over forty international workshops, seminars, and summer schools for philosophers and scientists in the countries of the former Soviet Union and socialist bloc. These programs, which focused upon problems pertaining to the philosophy of science and the transition to open society, were distinguished by their round-table discussion format. Their participants included more than one thousand faculty and researchers from these countries’ universities and research institutes, as well as representatives from their ministries of education.
Since returning to the United States, Notturno has worked on Popper’s intellectual differences with F.A. von Hayek regarding rationality, democracy, and economism; on issues arising out of the Supreme Court’s adoption of the concept of ‘falsifiability’ in its 1993 Daubert decision; and on the application of Popper’s epistemology to knowledge management and to the problem of medical errors.
Notturno joined the Interactivity Foundation in 2002. His work with the Interactivity Foundation ended in January 2018. During his tenure with IF, he conducted governance projects and published reports on ‘Privacy’, ‘Science’, ‘Property’, ‘Democratic Nation Building’, ‘Teaching Methods’, ‘The Future of Higher Education in Post-Communist Countries’, ‘The Future of Governance in Transitional Societies’, ‘Money, Credit, and Debt’, ‘The Future of Employment’, and ‘Global Responsibility for Children’. He also conducted IF Teacher Training Programs in Student-Centered Discussion courses, and regularly facilitated IF Online Discussions pertaining to public policy issues. His final IF project was on ‘The Future of Free Speech’.
He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Ieva and their son Karl.