- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Verso Books; 3rd Revised edition edition (13 Aug. 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0860916464
- ISBN-13: 978-0860916468
- Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 13.5 x 2.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,154,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge Paperback – 13 Aug 1993
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""Against Method is morder than a book: it is an event."" Archives de Philosphie ""A brilliant polemic"" New Scientist ""Ad evestating attack on the claims of philosophy to legislate for scientific practice."" New Society
About the Author
Paul Feyerabend, Professor of Philosophy at UC, Berkley, and Professor of the Philosphy of Science at te Federal Institute of technology at Zurich, died in 1994. His recent books include Philosophical Papers and Farewell to Reason.
Top Customer Reviews
The idea that irrational means are used by scientists to form theories and understand phenomena is stressed.Read more ›
This book is a humorous, multi-sided and relentless attack on accepted notions and interpretations of consistency and progress, achieved through a single method (such as rationality or logic), in the area of human knowledge. Feyerabend denies method supremacy over contextual and meaning rich subjective thinking, and marshals the facts of history to establish the lack of any single method or well-defined body (such as science) in the growth of human knowledge.
What Howard Zinn did to conventional history with "A People's History of the United States", Feyerabend here accomplishes with regards to the history of science and rationalism. In doing so, he opens the door not for sloppy thinking, but for colorful and context rich thought and expression.
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.)
However, after reading Thomas S. Kuhn's: "The structure of scientific revolutions" on paradigm theory (read this first), I felt I had to study Feyerabend's take. After doing this, I can at least concede that I have taken on board some of his relativist criticisms albeit I have done so with a large pinch/grain of salt. I am still by no means a postmodernist and as usual I stay close by to my copy of "beyond the hoax".
A quick word of warning about most pre-postmodernist "dada" or any postmodernist literature, it can be very wordy at times, so to those very lost lay-men out there...watch out! I think that with a good head on your shoulders you should be able manage it while it coincides with your A levels.
Also be very careful when reading this book, always approach it with a skeptical mind because it is very tempting to fall for 'woo' when it is written so well. If you feel you are falling for empty rhetoric return to your Sokal immediately.
Five stars for the sheer cheek of Feyerabend!
This book is not, however, a populist work. Intellectually it pulls no punches.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing book. Good introduction to criticism on science.Published 21 months ago by P. Alves De Feijo
This book should not be reduced to one of its statements, "anything goes", because Feyerabend's argument is much more complex than that. Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2014 by The Prussian Reader
I am soooo against relativism normally, but, and perhaps this should be a big but, there are exceptions. Read morePublished on 23 May 2008 by Mr. P. Briody
Before reading this book, ask yourself the following question: do you think voodoo is as good science as quantum mechanics? Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2006 by Pantse