Philosopher and German sociologist, who taught philosophy at the University of Mannheim since 1963. One of his major contributions was the introduction in the German cultural environment of "critical rationalism". Critical rationalism means the set of philosophical conceptions elaborated since the 1930's, mostly by K. Popper. Characteristics of critical rationalism of Albert refer mostly to the epistemological field and the methodology. As to the first, it replaces the ideas of the groundwork of knowledge, typical of the classical theory of knowledge, by the critical control. This implies: instead of dogmatism and the claim of infallibility, establish the thesis of the fallibility for each possible instance; rather than theoretical monism, pluralism and the search for alternative viewpoints; rather than passivity, construction and experiment. At the methodological level, Albert excludes all dualism between science "culture" and "nature" science.
His major works are for critical rationalism (1969), plea for critical rationalism (1971).