By Paul K. Feyerabend
Paul Feyerabend Farewell to Reason. Verso, 1988. 336 pages. 978-0860918967
Publication Date: January 17, 1988
This new publication by way of Paul Feyerbrand bargains a energetic problem to the medical rationalism the underlies Western beliefs of 'progress' and 'development', whose destructive sociological and ecological effects are actually widely known. For all their number of subject and social gathering, the essays in Farewell to cause percentage a constant philosophical objective. no matter if discussing Greek paintings and proposal, vindicating the Church's conflict with Galileo, exploring the advance of quantum physics or exposing the dogmatism of Karl Popper, Feyerbend defends a relativist and old concept of the sciences. The entice cause, he insists, is empty, and has to be changed via a concept of technology that subordinates it to the wishes of electorate and groups. Provocative, polemical and conscientiously argued, Farewell to cause will infuriate Feyerbend's critics and pleasure his many admirers.
(From Library magazine) Feyerabend's earlier well known paintings, opposed to strategy (1975), verified him as an outspoken, arguable critic of the medical and philosophical institutions. This number of essays assaults what he considers to be the well-entrenched educational notions of "truth" and "fact." He believes that such inflexible conceptions of realityillustrated in chapters on relativism, the early Greek philosophers, and the works of Aristotle, Galileo, Einstein, Popper, and othersdeprive Western tradition of its variety and creativity. His demand a "philosophy of cultural relativism" is a special, provocative concept certain to stir debate. a major e-book for philosophy of technological know-how collections. Raymond Frey, Bergen neighborhood Coll., Paramus, N.J.
From Feyerabend's Introduction:
"The essays amassed during this quantity care for cultural variety and cultural swap. they fight to teach that variety is useful whereas uniformity reduces our joys and our (intellectual, emotional, fabric) resources.
There exist strong traditions which oppose the sort of standpoint. They concede that folks may well set up their lives in quite a few methods; although they upload that there needs to be limits to style. the boundaries, they are saying, are constituted by means of ethical legislation which keep watch over human activities and by way of actual legislation which outline our place in nature. Philosophers from Plato to Sartre and scientists from Pythagoras to Monod have claimed to own such legislation and feature complained concerning the kind (of values, ideals, theories) that also remained".
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A third criticism deals with the structure of society. e. ' But future developments may show the belief to be mistaken: some laws preserve the state while others blow it to pieces; some laws bring happiness to the citizens, while others create scarcity, strife, disaster. Truth, therefore, is not a matter of (individual, or collective, democratic, or aristocratic) opinion and R5a is false. The arguments remove what R5a says about opinions (opinions are true for those who have them) by using opinions: that experts are better than laymen; that, being asked to solve a problem they will all give the same answer; that the answer will turn out to be correct in the future; that most people agree with this evaluation of experts - and so on.
There are . . at least two different ways of collectively deciding an issue*, I wrote on that occasion, 'which I shall call a guided exchange and an open exchange respectively. In the first case some or all participants adopt a well specified tradition and accept only those responses that correspond to its standards . . A rational debate is a special case of a guided exchange . . An open exchange, on the other hand, is guided by a pragmatic philosophy. The tradition adopted by the parties is unspecified in the beginning and develops as the exchange goes along.
Haken (Synergetics, New York 1983) and in others. 38 rationalism or 'scientific humanism' and have become inquiries that no longer exclude the ideas and methods of 'uncivilised' and 'unscientific' cultures: there is no conflict between scientific practice and cultural pluralism. Conflict arises only when results that might be regarded as local and preliminary and methods that can be interpreted as rules of thumb without ceasing to be scientific are frozen and turned into measures of everything else - that is, when good science is turned into bad, because barren, ideology.
Farewell to Reason by Paul K. Feyerabend