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An essential polemic on science/society,
This review is from: Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge (Paperback)
It is unfair and inaccurate to criticise Against Method on the grounds that it propounds a relativist approach to science. It is essentially an extremely interesting, and entertaining, polemic in which Feyerabend attempts to shake up our complacency about science, method and the interaction of science and society. His analysis of Galileo is fascinating (as is his later ironic defence of the anti-Galileo authorities in "Farewell to Reason"), but he would be the first, I believe, to say that the reader should think and research the issue for themself, not sit back and take his word for it.
This is a book to make you think, and to provoke you to keep going. In fact Amazon is right - read it alongside Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. (And, though he clearly hated the man, you might even have to read some Karl Popper, just to get the other side of the argument.)
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Initial post: 30 Sep 2009 14:38:28 BDT
Brian Flange says:
Feyerabend talked a good game but you might want to check out what A. F. Chalmers has to say in his 'What is This Thing Called Science?'. Chalmers actually studied the historical record to see how Galileo's contemporaries received his work - lots of Feyerabend's historical claims come out looking like they're based more on wish-fulfilment than scholarship. Chalmers is also good on the sheer lack of realism in Feyerabend's plans to 'dis-establish' science from society.
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