A controversial and influential voice in the philosophy of science, Paul K. Feyerabend was born and educated in Vienna. After military service during World War. Tratado Contra El Metodo (Filosofia y Ensayo / Philosophy and Essay) by Paul K. Feyerabend at – ISBN – ISBN Tratado contra el metodo by Paul K. Feyerabend at – ISBN – ISBN – Softcover.

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Sometimes this proves rather futile because the theories are actually wrong, but other times it is the right thing to do. Similarly, his claims about the lack of use-value for science are honestly a bit of a cop-out. Jun 17, Alex Lee rated it it was amazing Shelves: He used mathematical calculations in a time of sensory observations, meaning Mark I.

One way is mdtodo assume a competing theory is correct and discuss what must change.

Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge

Maybe only for aesthetic or personal reasons. When Sam Harris refers to religions as “failed sciences” this not only shows an cintra ignorance of what religion is, but an alarming ignorance of what science is. Since it can be observed that all human projects deviate from their own rules, making coontra up as unforeseen obstacles emerge, there isn’t actually anything contentious at all about Feyerabend’s thesis.

His hero is Galileo, who “exhibited a style, a sense of humor, an elasticity and elegance‚Ķ which has never been equaled in the history of science.

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He discusses his notion of incommensurability which subsequently became a widely discussed topic in philosophy of sciencewhich says that new theories do not even talk about the same concepts or objects as the older theories they supposedly extend, but instead posit new concepts, objects, and even ways of measuring which have nothing in common with their predecessors consider the concepts of space, time, or length before and after Einstein.


Feyerabend states that Galileo never actually disproved Ptolemy’s theory, this was mainly because he operated outside the bounds of 16th and 17th-century science. Feyerabend is right to reject “naive falsification.

ISSUES -The anarchistic approach to science is particularly compelling for the individual scientist because it is free of restrictions.


Tratado Contra El Metodo

The worst part is that Feyerabend is obviously teasing you a lot of the time: While his analyses of science are fairly lucid, despite my disagreements, the problem arises when he tries to put forth positive solutions. Goodreads helps you keep track of paull you want to read.

Those who back “science” often declare it the absolute monarch of knowledge, place it atop an unassailable throne, and condemn all who refuse to bow as mentally bankrupt. It seems clear to me that all attempts to “explain science” have, to date, been unsuccessful usefulness of these feyrabend is up for debate of course but none are without problems.

Relativist polemic against scientific monopolies.

Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge by Paul Karl Feyerabend

Either way, this is consistent with his ideas, even though he does not accept consistency as a valid principle he really writes that if anyone looks at his older ideas and bases his criticism on them, it’s not his problem.

But I can geek out and get excited about the implications for mad metido.

To metdoo other readers questions about Against Methodplease sign up. Not only would this have built a much more comprehensive hence: Well, it’s hard to know what to make of a book like this, especially in our current moment, when a kind of popular anti-foundationalism has resulted in a political calamity. Nov 02, Brandon rated it really liked it.


For me as a scientist reading Against Method is freeing.

But then suddenly, the paaul 5 pages are crystal clear and genius! Jun 23, DJ rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I see it less in biology, the scientific field I studied, but it is hard to look at the history of physics and not get what Feyerabend is talking about.

In some ways, Feyerabend could have raised objections more metaphysically — that ideas have at their germination roots outside of a given domain — that culture plays a role in utilizing domains in one area to influence another — that science is a socially generated practice, on that mistakes methodology for reality — but in other ways, Feyerabend does well by sticking very close to his topic.

Fayerabend proposes anarchistic epistemology: They are not necessarily from the book but they are certainly inspired by it. May 06, Richard Thompson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Yet, in considering this and similar philosophy historically, it’s impossible to ignore its blatant irresponsibility, its disastrous effects on thought and objectivity.

Thus many environmental perils were first identified by non-experts against prevailing assumptions in the scientific community. Reading it now, it offered me a somewhat diluted impact.