Feyerabend's "Tyranny of Science"
Posted 18 April 2011 - 09:48 PM
Posted 19 April 2011 - 05:06 AM
The lectures were originally entitled "What is science? What is knowledge". They were published in Italian translation in (1996), and then later in German translation, (roughly "Ambiguity and Harmony" and "Conflict and Harmony" respectively).
Oberheim says it took so long to get this book finished because of other Feyerabend projects he was busy with.
Posted 19 April 2011 - 08:53 AM
I guess you have a mind to post some kind of review in due course?
Posted 19 April 2011 - 10:54 AM
Posted 30 April 2011 - 04:38 PM
The introduction gives a hint of how it is that this book might not be a good introduction to Feyerabend in light of the fact that there are so many currents to his thinking:
It is this very non-systematic quality that may well make Feyerabend seem relatively inaccessible to many people, but non-systematic here means anything except irrational or unreasoned.
Here are some passages from the introduction which I particularly like:
Personally, I think it best to call this "decision on the basis of preferences" what it is: judgment.
Feyerabend's point about decisions in the name of truth which exclude (or fail to maintain adequate cognizance for) other possibilities is, of course, a problem that afflicts more than just philosophy and philosophers. It is a problem common to the great preponderance of human thinking, and it is even found within science.
This last sentence captures, or so I think, the essence of Feyerabend thinking. Anyone who is not in the least bit moved or made curious by that last sentence will likely not benefit at all from reading Feyerabend. And what a shame that would be.
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