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Quotes from Farewell to Reason. It opened my mind to a whole new way of looking at the world Feyerabend’s relativism which I have subscribed to ever since. Unfortunately, the reader of FTR has no idea what the original critics actually said. Open Preview See a Problem?

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Sam rated it liked it Feb 21, Zyxtmurf rated it really liked it Jul 23, 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.

Return to Book Page. And in today’s America that seems perfectly normal. 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.

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 far more concentrated on a single theme than others for example, some are criticisms of particular writers. Unfortunately, the reader of This is a hard book for me to rate. 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.

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.

Dolamroth rated it liked it Jan 18, Peter rated it really liked it Dec 31, 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.


But translate this behavior to a society more fashionable than evangelical Christians like, say, Indios living in the Amazon. 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.

A less dramatic, but similar case would be the controversy in recent years over teaching evolution in public schools.

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.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Audrey rated it liked it Jul 14, His major works include Against Method published inScience in a Free Society published in and Farewell to Reason a collection of papers published in As the money and rwzon side of scientific research grow every larger, it is more and more difficult to be a successful, rather than starving iconoclast.

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 Vidar rated it really liked it Aug 04, Nevertheless, the first and last essays of FTR rate five stars in my opinion.

His major works include Against Method publis Paul Karl Feyerabend was feyerbaend 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 — 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.

Much of the book suffers from this feyetabend of thoughtlessness toward the reader, and large sections on the philosophy of science are both very dated and incomprehensible.

William rated it really liked it Sep 25, Most of the criticisms that can be made of Against Method are feyerabbend appropriate here.


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 — Lists with This Book.

Paperbackpages. About Paul Karl Feyerabend. He is an influential figure in the philosophy of science, and also in the sociology of scientific knowledge. On the one hand, when I first read parts of Farewell to Reason in the late ’90s, I was electrified by it. Alex rated it really liked it Oct 02, Thanks for telling psul about the problem.

Their society is already superbly adapted to their environment, and meets their spiritual needs. Essentially, his point adiso 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. 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.

Farewell to Reason by Paul Karl Feyerabend

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.

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. 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.

Aug 30, Kevin K rated it really liked it Shelves: Originally published on my blog here in May