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Originally published on my blog here in May Alex rated it really liked it Oct 02, 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, where you don’t have most of the background. Peter rated it really liked it Dec 31, Trivia About Farewell to Reason. Zyxtmurf rated it really liked it Jul 23, Quotes from Farewell to Reason. Paolo Sala rated it it was amazing Feb 24, Nevertheless, the first and last essays of FTR rate five stars in my opinion. It opened my mind to a whole new way rzzon looking at the world Feyerabend’s relativism fegerabend I have subscribed to ever since.
Indeed, this could never be achieved, since all we born in a cultural-biased world vision; in pzul, he is trying to make his point, without considering others and obliterating the very culture path he eventually was trying to stand up for.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Their society is already superbly adapted to their environment, and meets their spiritual needs. Trip rated it really liked it Jun 02, 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.
Lukas Szrot rated it it was amazing Jun 16, 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. 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.
Feyerabend’s program perhaps it would be better to call it an “anti-program” is to allow total pluralism and self-determination where all sorts of societies and belief systems are allowed to flourish — without being browbeaten by intellectual elites, and forced into “rational” straight-jackets like free trade, growth economics, secular humanism, liberalism, Marxism etc.
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.
For all their variety in theme and occasion, the essays in this book share a consistent philosophical purpose. Want to Read Currently Dazon Read. 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.
Much of the book suffers from this type of thoughtlessness toward the reader, and large sections on the philosophy of science are both very dated and incomprehensible.
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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 acios be hesitant to skim over the chaff. 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 His major works include Against Method published inScience in a Free Society raazon in and Farewell to Reason a collection of papers published in This is a hard book for me to rate.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. And in today’s America that seems perfectly normal.
Farewell to Reason
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. His major works include Against Method publis W 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, ceyerabend he worked for three decades — 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.
Feyerabend doesn’t hesitate to take on the hard cases either. Jul 20, Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it.
Ryan Haczynski rated it liked it Jan 14, May 30, Rui Coelho rated it liked it. More political, but also less bright, than Against the Method. The rhetorical style of Feyerabend’s 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.
Vidar rated it really liked it Aug 04, As Feyerabend eloquently puts it, “The pygmies, for example, or the Mindoro of the Philippines, do not want equal rights — they just want to be left alone. Dolamroth rated it liked it Jan 18, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Gould often said that there is no progress in evolution, and that no species is superior to any other.
Farewell to Reason by Paul Karl Feyerabend
Unfortunately, the reader of FTR has no idea what the original critics actually said. Sema rated it really liked it Dec 15, Phil rated it it was amazing Jun 23, 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. Farewell to Reason is a collection of essays on the subject of relativism.
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.