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It opened my mind to a whole new way of looking fyerabend the world Feyerabend’s relativism which I have subscribed to ever since. He is an influential figure in the philosophy of science, and also in the sociology of scientific knowledge.

Phil rated it it was amazing Jun 23, Neither Popper nor Feyerabend seem terribly convincing to me; while it is obvious that not all scientific thought is uniform, most practising scientists have quite similar ideas about what they are trying to do.

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So it’s a little like coming into a conversation halfway through, feyerabrnd you don’t have most of the background. That is, there is nothing wrong with a community of people deciding, through democratic principles, that they want to live a Biblically structured life, and teach their children Creationism.

Essentially, his point is that no culture is superior to any other, and thus there is no reason for one culture to impose its views or ways of life on another.

For science to have a religious orthodoxy of this kind is a bad thing, and we need people like Feyerabend to continually attack its genesis. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A less dramatic, but similar case would be the controversy in recent years over teaching evolution in public schools.

This is a hard book for me to rate.


Farewell to Reason

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Dana Jalobeanu rated it it was amazing Dec 28, Sam rated it liked it Feb 21, So, at least, his very disrespectful remarks to all universities are, at best, very disgraceful, due to the fact that the contemporary world would need to conciliate his views, not within a rational system closed upon itself, but rather with critical thought.

The appeal to reason, he insists, is empty, and must be replaced by a notion of science that subordinates it to the needs of citizens and communities.

Among today’s armies of moral crusaders, it’s hard to find a genuine defender of relativism, and Feyerabend is one of the best. Do we really need to force their children into schools to learn evolution and feyerqbend irrelevant garbage that, essentially, is just another missionary White man’s religion to be rammed down their throats like Christianity? There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

As the money and administrative side of scientific research grow every larger, it is more and more difficult to be a successful, rather than starving iconoclast.

Trip rated it really liked it Jun 02, Paul Karl Feyerabend was an Austrian-born philosopher of science best known for his work as a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked for three decades — Yes, we could send the Indio children to school, and teach them evolution — instead of the silly, primitive, religious beliefs which dog their parents — along with all the other trappings of our modern “objective” civilization.

Return to Book Page. The essays pick on the same kinds of targets as Feyerabend’s book Against Methodand attack the idea that science is a unified whole, with a single overriding method. Trivia About Farewell to Reason.

Farewell to Reason by Paul Karl Feyerabend

Paolo Sala rated it it was amazing Feb 24, Unfortunately, the reader of This is a hard book fyeerabend me to rate. The rhetorical style of Raon argument, his use of Galileo as a paradigm of scientific method, and the use of counter examples from areas not always regarded as scientific such as economics are faults common to both.


The essays pick on the same kinds of targets as Feyerabend’s book Against Methodand attack the idea that Originally published on my blog here in May Though they were rewritten for inclusion in this volume, their independent origin still shows feyetabend a certain repetitiveness and in disparity of content – some are far more concentrated on a single theme than others for example, some are criticisms of particular writers.

Dec 11, Fatih A. Peter rated it really liked it Dec 31, The most interesting new point is part of the essay on Galileo and the church, in which Feyerabend parallels the attitude of Catholic cardinals then and the scientific establishment today. Indeed, this could never be achieved, since all we born in a cultural-biased world vision; in fact, he is trying to make his point, without considering others and obliterating the very culture path he eventually was trying to stand up for.

Ryan Haczynski rated it liked it Jan 14, Of course, this is where the modern inquisition, and the Popes of Objectivity, step in and assert their right to force their “objective” views onto other people’s children.

Farewell to Reason has some brilliant, life-changing material in it well, at least it had a big impact on my life and thinkingand is well worth reading — just don’t be hesitant to skim over the chaff. Want to Read saving….