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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Books by Paul Karl Feyerabend. Feyerabend doesn’t explicitly make these claims–except, I think, saying that we should teach “magic” in public schools–but they are natural feyerabned of his view, nonetheless. May 30, Rui Coelho rated it really liked it.

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.

And interestingly, then, science thus becomes as Popper emphasized impossible to distinguish from other belief systems such as Marxism, witchcraft and intelligent design—all whose methodologies are difficult to discern falsifiable. About Paul Karl Feyerabend. There is no general rule for when to abandon a theory and when to keep it alive even in the face of blatant contradiction.

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

By censoring creationism, we metdo that the state is taking control of the educational process, and this closes off our inherent desire to weigh every option before making a decision. Which ones do really exist? What remains in Against Method reads as exactly that: First, how we actually do science has very little resemblance to how we say we do science.

Oct 09, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: Most scholars counterargued him by saying: But this is all to set up what lies at the core of Feyerabend’s philosophy: As for method, I think Feyerabend makes gross exaggerations and doesn’t sufficiently argue away the difference between contexts of discovery and mdtodo as well as he thinks he does. Since the s, Feyerabend has devoted much of his career to arguing pail science as practiced cannot be described, let alone regulated, by any coherent methodology, whether understood historically, as in Thomas Kuhn’s use of paradigms, or epistemologically, as in classical positivism and its offspring.


The most important thesis relatively to my own views was that either you are a rationalist or a scientist, but cannot be both.

Those who back “science” often declare it the absolute monarch of knowledge, place it atop an unassailable throne, and condemn all who ref Truth and meaning are perhaps two of the most polarizing issues one can write about. Humans are generally quite defensive about their core beliefs and unwilling to accept contrz criticism on them.

Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge

While disavowing populism or relativism, Feyerabend continues to insist that the voice of the inexpert must be heard. And to those who are afraid that our “progress” will stop he notes that there will always be ants that are ready to restraint themselves and work in the strict guided program of science. Instead of keeping science confined in its own little community Feyerabend breaks boundaries and intertwines disciplines. Also, apparently, a lot of his writings were recovered and nobody, if Feyerabend is to be trusted, ever found the schemes for Galileo’s telescope.

As an analytical philosopher, with a ‘rationalist’ bend, he may be too idealistically attached to a conception of human reason.

Tratado Contra El Metodo : Paul K Feyerabend :

Plus I, like most scientists, don’t understand Latin or Greek. 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. This is the philosophy of the court jester, not the consigliere, and I suspect Feyerabend xontra embrace that metaphor.

That this has merit is indisputable: If the book has a central thesis, it is the famous phrase ‘anything goes’ – but there’s no systematic argument here. Standards are more than arbitrary, historically determined, totalitarian-like, rationalist schemes. Science, Sam Harris seems to believe, feyerabenx the only system that produces knowledge.

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

Science is a human activity after all. Feyerabend is right to reject “naive falsification. That’s why Feyerabend and Lakatos claim that every new theory is ad hoc, which is exactly the opposite of what Popper claimed.


When a new paradigm takes over we go back to “normal science” until a new paradigm shows up in the form of another revolution. Feyerbend argues that a lot of the stuff that religion is so good at illuminating are things that science has nothing to say about and if it did try to invade these domains we would be worse off for it.

It will eventually wither away in not being able to face empiric criticism. Jan 16, Christine Dantas rated it liked it Shelves: Only because the new idea was presented e, charm, humor, thinly or not so thinly veiled non sequiturs and what it symbolized.

I’ve been screaming this for years, despite not being a religious person.

Tratado Contra El Metodo

After reading Kuhn and Lakatos, Feyerabend comes with a radical new approach for descriptive and prescriptive attributes of contta. I honestly would read more by him. My review has to assume that he means what he says, but even though he writes quite clearly, the subjects he emtodo with are difficult, so I can’t pretend that I completely understand him. And this should make sense too. This is merely the fault of our own localization. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Inhaving taught for several years at Bristol University in England, he came to the United States to join the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, from which, after numerous visiting appointments elsewhere, he retired in Large parts of this book serve as counter-arguments to Popper and Lakatos, I rarely understood anything there, since I’ve read very little philosophy of science. Most likely, he didn’t know or didn’t care what he did either.