Beyond Reason

Beyond Reason : Essays on the Philosophy of Paul Feyerabend

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Some philosophers think that Paul Feyerabend is a clown, a great many others think that he is one of the most exciting philosophers of science of this century. For me the truth does not lie somewhere in between, for I am decidedly of the second opinion, an opinion that is becoming general around the world as this century comes to an end and history begins to cast its appraising eye upon the intellectual harvest of our era. A good example of this opinion may be found in the admiration for Feyerabend's philosophy of science expressed by Grover Maxwell in his contribution to this volume. Maxwell, recalling his own intellectual transformation, says also that it was Feyerabend who "confirmed my then incipient suspicions that most of the foundations of currently fashionable philosophy and even a great deal of the methodology to which many scientists pay enthusiastic lip service are based on simple mistake- assumptions whose absurdity becomes obvious once attention is directed at them". And lest the reader thinks, as many still do, that however sharp Feyerabend's attacks upon the philosophical establishment may have been, he does not offer a positive philosophy (a complain made by C.A. Hooker and some of the other contributors), Paul Churchland argues otherwise.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 538 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 35.05mm | 2,190g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1991 ed.
  • XXI, 538 p.
  • 0792312724
  • 9780792312727

Table of contents

1. A Deeper Unity: Some Feyerabendian Themes in Neurocomputational Form.- 2. How to Be a Good Realist.- 3. Between Formalism and Anarchism: A Reasonable Middle Way.- 4. Free of Prejudice and Wholly Critical.- 5. Speculation, Calculation and the Creation of Phenomena.- 6. Reason and Practice.- 7. Science in Feyerabend's Free Society.- 8. Letter to an Anti-Liberal Liberal.- 9. Obituary on the "Anarchist" Paul Feyerabend.- 10. Ideology, Science and a Free Society.- 11. The Myth of Astronomical Instrumentalism.- 12. Feyerabend on Falsifications, Galileo, and Lady Reason.- 13. The Observational Origins of Feyerabend's Anarchistic Epistemology.- 14. Incommensurability, its Varieties and its Ontological Consequences.- 15. Feyerabend and the Facts.- 16. Ideological Commitments in the Philosophy of Science.- 17. As You Like It.- 18. Perceptions and Maturity: Reflections on Feyerabend's Point of View.- 19. Paul Feyerabend - a Green Hero?.- 20. Ecology as a Challenge to Philosophy.- 21. Against Feyerabend.- 22. A New Slant on the Tower Experiment.- 23. Feyerabend's Materialism.- 24. Scientific Methods and Feyerabend's Advocacy of Anarchism.- 25. Concluding Unphilosophical Conversation.
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