Feyerabend and Scientific Values: Tightrope-Walking Rationality Robert P. Farrell

ISBN: 9789048163090

Published: December 9th 2010

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259 pages


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Feyerabend and Scientific Values: Tightrope-Walking Rationality by Robert P. Farrell
December 9th 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 259 pages | ISBN: 9789048163090 | 4.70 Mb

Every philosopher of science, and every student of the philosophy of science, has heard of Paul Feyerabend: the iconoclast who supposedly asserted that science is not rational, nor objective, but is characterised by anarchism, relativism,MoreEvery philosopher of science, and every student of the philosophy of science, has heard of Paul Feyerabend: the iconoclast who supposedly asserted that science is not rational, nor objective, but is characterised by anarchism, relativism, subjectivism and power. In this book it is argued that this picture of Feyerabend is false.

Though Feyerabend was an iconoclast, his destructive philosophy was also creative. Feyerabend was deeply critical of a particular theory of scientific rationality, herein labelled Rationalism - characterised as the algorithmic application of universal, necessary, atemporal rules - but he did not completely reject the idea of scientific rationality.

It is argued that Feyerabend implicitly supported an alternative theory of rationality, herein labelled tightrope-walking rationality, characterised as the context-sensitive balancing of inherently irreconcilable values.The first half of the book deals with the entrenched misunderstandings of Feyerabends philosophy that have arisen through a lack of appreciation of the target of Feyerabends criticisms.

The second half of the book brings together the positive elements to be found in Feyerabends work, and presents these elements as a coherent alternative conception of scientific rationality.This book is of interest to all philosophers of science, students of the philosophy of science, and anyone interested in science and the rationality of science. It constitutes the first book-length study of Feyerabends post-1970 philosophy and will be an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to understand the views of one of the most influential philosophers of science of the twentieth century.



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