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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.

Farewell to Reason by Paul Karl Feyerabend

Originally published on my blog here in May 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The essay form adds new problems, and some parts do not fit into the whole terribly well notably the discussion of Aristotle’s philosophy of mathematics, though it is interesting in itself. Among today’s armies of moral crusaders, it’s hard to find a genuine defender of relativism, and Feyerabend is one of the best.

Feyerabend’s point of view is that what matters is not the “truth,” but quality of life, and the right of human beings to live in ways they find meaningful and satisfying. Sam rated it liked it Feb 21, 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 Gould often said that there is no progress in evolution, and that no species is superior to any other.

Vidar rated it really liked it Aug 04, Audrey rated it liked it Jul 14, At one point in FTR he defends the Catholic inquisition as being rational within its own terms, and its arguments as impossible to refute based on any “objective” arguments. Feyerabend became famous for his purportedly anarchistic view of science and his rejection of the existence of universal methodological rules.


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. This is a hard book for me to rate. It’s the idea that there is no moral truth, and that “objectivity,” “rationality” and “progress” are phony constructs used primarily by Western people to undermine and destroy the diverse cultures and ways of life which existed in the pre-rational era or remain pre-rational today.

So it’s a little like coming into a conversation halfway through, where you don’t have most of the background. Sema rated it really liked it Dec 15, Dec 11, Fatih A. His major works include Against Method published inScience in a Free Society published in and Farewell to Reason a collection of papers published in To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

And in today’s America that seems perfectly normal.

Farewell to Reason

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 — Unfortunately, the reader of This is a hard book for me to rate.

Karl Popper is singled out for criticism, but much of what is said would apply to anyone who contrasts “scientific thinking” with other modes of thought this is usually done do dismiss religious ideas.

Published January 17th by Verso first published 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.

Whereas our supposedly advanced society is destroying our environment, and not meeting our spiritual needs! These differ in details such as the precise relationship between theory, experiment and whatever may count as underlying realitybut then philosophy does not interest many and certainly there are few who would let it affect their work.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. May 30, Rui Coelho rated it liked it. Feyerabend deploys similar arguments in the field of human culture. Peter rated it really liked it Dec 31, Return to Book Page. Lists with This Book. The essays pick feyerabejd 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. But translate this behavior to a society more fashionable than evangelical Christians like, say, Pauo living in the Amazon.

Alex rated it really liked it Oct 02, For all their feyerabenc in theme and occasion, the essays in this book share a consistent philosophical purpose. William rated it really liked it Sep 25, Species are simply adapted in various degrees to their environment. Refresh and try again. Unfortunately, the reader of FTR has no idea what the original critics actually said.

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On the one hand, when I first read parts of Farewell to Reason in the late ’90s, I was electrified by it. Roy rated it liked it Sep 09, About Paul Karl Feyerabend.

Paolo Sala rated it it was amazing Feb 24, Quotes from Farewell to Reason. Most of the criticisms that can be made of Against Method are also appropriate here.

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. Their society is already superbly adapted to their environment, and meets their spiritual needs. Dana Jalobeanu rated it it was amazing Dec 28, No trivia or quizzes yet. He is an influential figure in the philosophy of science, and also in the sociology of scientific knowledge.

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