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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Have departments of transportation pay no attention to the physics of bridge building? What Feyerabend has done is similar to what many philosophers do when presented with writing a book: He illustrates this stance on the dust jacket of one of his books, Against Methodby publishing his horoscope in the place usually reserved for a biographical sketch of the author.

Feyerabend continues to ramble about scientific chauvinism and whatnot, also how science is starting to turn against humanity and democracy becoming emtodo new ideology similar to the church before it separated from the cntra In some cases it didn’t, although that is a completely different story. Jun 17, Alex Lee rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is erroneous in fact to consider taking any steps back whatsoever to re-evaluate scientific facts: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

In my view, there are actually quite intuitive ideas that only seem natural and not much of a surprise. Feyerabend is silent on this subject. The problem is not science, but the way it is practiced by the scientists.

May 30, Luis Felipe rated it really liked it. In my case with bioinformatics, I start to play around with data, and walk down paths of which don’t work.

Feyerabend does a service to the history and philosophy of science when he says that science should be prepared to overthrow its own past conceptions. Against method, against the ideal of science but not against science. Feyerabend’s methodological anarchism allows for this but overthrows science’s claims for certainty. Play around with one of the settings in your genome assembler, and you get a slightly different genome – which one is the correct one?


On the one hand, it was thought that the celestial bodies were divine in that they were expected to behave in orderly, lawful ways. Open Preview See a Problem?

Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge

Galileo was successful because he strayed away from the scientific method of that time. Is it a coincidence, then, that Feyerabend, Kuhn, and De Bono are flogging the same horse at the same time?

Truth and meaning are perhaps two of the most polarizing issues one can write about. As long as the technology does not exist, we proceed and publish: With the lack of any “true” authority, one that “naturally” supersedes whatever authority we could imagine here on Earth as feyeraabend is none like thatwe ought to utilize any theory that allows us to increase our agency. The way I see it this book is about asking questions and attacking dogma.

But I can geek out and get excited about the implications for mad sci This book was assigned for class on science, magic, and religion. Yet a large part of my work is playing around in an R console, looking for fun things, making pretty pictures, and drinking free coffee. As a conclusion, he suggests that there should be a separation between state and science, as between state and religion.

I think we can distinguish two topics in his thinking. He argues that the only way forward for societies as a whole is through a great plurality of worldviews; that there is no idea too ancient, or primitive, or mistaken which cannot improve and deepen the empirical content of our thought.

And don’t let yourself be ideologized by anything, not even science.

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

Maybe My favorite troll used to be Socrates but this honor now goes to Feyerabend. But not pqul does he make a fair number of persuasive points, he does so in a remarkably clear, straightforward style.


A hero, yes, but an example, no. He doesn’t wish to get into the logistics of what is reasonable. A lot of my thought on Reading Feyerbend was recommended to me because somebody who has heard me criticize the way “Science” with a capital S claims to be, one system, objective and free of cultural bias, as well as saying it can set standards for ethics and political thought, that I pretty much have the same view as Feyerbend about how the way science interacts with the current society is totally fucked.

Tratado Contra El Metodo

To irresponsibly sum it up in one sentence, Against Method’s message is: Jul 24, Adam rated it it was amazing Shelves: To summarize his points: Now, I’m not going to say that I agree or disagree with Feyerabend. PHDComics had this fitting comic a few years ago. He does use examples other than this one, but they are not particularly convincing and often trivial several optical illusions among them. Perhaps a tradition isn’t bad, but certainly some traditions are better than others.

It will eventually wither away in not being able to face empiric criticism.

There’s no set of unwavering and indubitable rules or methods that science actually utilizes in practice; Scientific theories are often incommensurable in that they are composed of fundamentally different concepts that are not reducible to a common measure; Science as a whole has unduly been given a special status in society that it does not deserve, and it’s just another ideology and should consequently be separated from the state like religion.

The split of science and politics has partially? Feyerabend Tecnos- Philosophy veyerabend pages 0 Reviews https: Of course, some ideas will become undecideable should the foundation for that wl be incommensurable with our own foundation. To view it, click here.