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Farewell to Reason offers a vigorous challenge to the scientific rationalism that underlies Western ideals of progress and development, whose damaging social and ecological consequences are now widely recognized For all their variety in theme and occasion, the essays in this book share a consistent philosophical purpose Whether discussing Greek art and thought, vindicating the church s battle with Galileo, exploring the development of quantum physics or exposing the dogmatism of Karl Popper, Feyerabend defends a relativist and historicist notion of the sciences 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 communitiesProvocative, polemical and rigorously argued, Farewell to Reason will infuriate Feyerabend s critics and delight his many admirers Farewell to Reason

About the Author: Paul Karl Feyerabend

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 1958 1989 His life was a peripatetic one, as he lived at various times in England, the United States, New Zealand, Italy, Germany, and finally Switzerland His major works include Against Method published in 1975 , Science in a Free Society published in 1978 and Farewell to Reason a collection of papers published in 1987 Feyerabend became famous for his purportedly anarchistic view of science and his rejection of the existence of universal methodological rules He is an influential figure in the philosophy of science, and also in the sociology of scientific knowledge.

10 thoughts on “Farewell to Reason

  1. says:

    This is a hard book for me to rate On the one hand, when I first read parts of Farewell to Reason in the late 90s, I was electrified by it It opened my mind to a whole new way of looking at the world Feyerabend s relativism which I have subscribed to ever since On the other hand, the book is deeply flawed, and probably 70% of it isn t worth reading

  2. says:

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  3. says:

    Originally published on my blog here in May 2000.Farewell to Reason is a collection of essays on the subject of relativism Though they were rewritten for inclusion in this volume, their independent origin still shows in a certain repetitiveness and in disparity of content some are farconcentrated on a single theme than others for example, some are critici

  4. says:

    Feyerabend es un requisito en el mundo de la epistemolog a Paul nos persuade no s lo de la imposibilidad de un sistema de conocimiento objetivo que difumine al resto en una batalla de legitimidad, sino que nos muestra la mezquindad detr s de semejante proyecto.

  5. says:

    Paul Karl Feyerabend ensues to be the sort of out of the ordinary irreverent philosopher, which is plenty of contradictions and triggers his readers awkwardness, although this present work would rather be classified as a short tempered and tense juxtaposition of small essays which, in its best, could had a better impact, if its author wouldn t deplete his munit

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  7. says:

    Tomarse al pie de la letra a Feyerabend puede ser peligroso, pero como cura de humildad y toma de conciencia de hasta qu punto la labor cient fica y todo lo que la rodea son fr giles y contingentes resulta m s que pertinente Hay partes realmente brillantes y ricas en propuestas que ayudan m s a la ciencia de lo que aparentemente la critican, aunque tambi n abundan lo

  8. says:

    Gelenek her eyin kral d r.

  9. says:

    More political, but also less bright, than Against the Method.

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