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Farewell to Reason ❴Ebook❵ ➦ Farewell to Reason Author Paul Karl Feyerabend – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Farewell to Reason offers a vigorous challenge to the scientific rationalism that underlies Western ideals of progress and development, whose damaging social and ecological consequences are now widely Farewell to Reason offers a vigorous challenge to the scientific rationalism that underlies Western ideals of progress and development, whose damaging social and ecological consequences are now widely recognized For all their variety in theme and occasion, the essays in this book share a consistent philosophical purpose Whether discussing Greek art and thought, vindicating the church s battle with Galileo, exploring the development of quantum physics or exposing the dogmatism of Karl Popper, Feyerabend defends a relativist and historicist notion of the sciences The appeal to reason, he insists, is empty, and must be replaced by a Farewell to Epub / notion of science that subordinates it to the needs of citizens and communitiesProvocative, polemical and rigorously argued, Farewell to Reason will infuriate Feyerabend s critics and delight his many admirers.


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  1. Kevin K Kevin K says:

    This is a hard book for me to rate On the one hand, when I first read parts of Farewell to Reason in the late 90s, I was electrified by it It opened my mind to a whole new way of looking at the world Feyerabend s relativism which I have subscribed to ever since On the other hand, the book is deeply flawed, and probably 70% of it isn t worth reading One example the final essay consists of responses to criticisms of Feyerabend in an obscure German publication Unfortunately, the reader of This is a hard book for me to rate On the one hand, when I first read parts of Farewell to Reason in the late 90s, I was electrified by it It opened my mind to a whole new way of looking at the world Feyerabend s relativism which I have subscribed to ever since On the other hand, the book is deeply flawed, and probably 70% of it isn t worth reading One example the final essay consists of responses to criticisms of Feyerabend in an obscure German publication Unfortunately, the reader of FTR has no idea what the original critics actually said So it s a little like coming into a conversation halfway through, where you don t have most of the background Much of the book suffers from this type of thoughtlessness toward the reader, and large sections on the philosophy of science are both very dated and incomprehensible Nevertheless, the first and last essays of FTR rate five stars in my opinion Among today s armies of moral crusaders, it s hard to find a genuine defender of relativism, and Feyerabend is one of the best What is relativism It s the idea that there is no moral truth, and that objectivity, rationality and progress are phony constructs used primarily by Western people to undermine and destroy the diverse cultures and ways of life which existed in the pre rational era or remain pre rational today Feyerabend s program perhaps it would be better to call it an anti program is to allow total pluralism and self determination where all sorts of societies and belief systems are allowed to flourish without being browbeaten by intellectual elites, and forced into rational straight jackets like free trade, growth economics, secular humanism, liberalism, Marxism etc Feyerabend doesn t hesitate to take on the hard cases either At one point in FTR he defends the Catholic inquisition as being rational within its own terms, and its arguments as impossible to refute based on any objective arguments And he s right A less dramatic, but similar case would be the controversy in recent years over teaching evolution in public schools Feyerabend s point of view is that what matters is not the truth, but quality of life, and the right of human beings to live in ways they find meaningful and satisfying That is, there is nothing wrong with a community of people deciding, through democratic principles, that they want to live a Biblically structured life, and teach their children Creationism Of course, this is where the modern inquisition, and the Popes of Objectivity, step in and assert their right to force their objective views onto other people s children And in today s America that seems perfectly normal But translate this behavior to a societyfashionable than evangelical Christians like, say, Indios living in theDo we really need to force their children into schools to learn evolution and other irrelevant garbage that, essentially, is just another missionary White man s religion to be rammed down their throats like Christianity As Feyerabend eloquently puts it, The pygmies, for example, or the Mindoro of the Philippines, do not want equal rights they just want to be left alone Stephen J Gould often said that there is no progress in evolution, and that no species is superior to any other Species are simply adapted in various degrees to their environment Feyerabend deploys similar arguments in the field of human culture Essentially, his point is that no culture is superior to any other, and thus there is no reason for one culture to impose its views or ways of life on another Yes, we could send the Indio children to school, and teach them evolution instead of the silly, primitive, religious beliefs which dog their parents along with all the other trappings of our modern objective civilization But why Their society is already superbly adapted to their environment, and meets their spiritual needs Whereas our supposedly advanced society is destroying our environment, and not meeting our spiritual needs Farewell to Reason has some brilliant, life changing material in it well, at least it had a big impact on my life and thinking , and is well worth reading just don t be hesitant to skim over the chaff


  2. Uğur Erdem Küçük Uğur Erdem Küçük says:

    Kitab n ilk b l m g recilik hakk nda ve bu b l m kitab n yakla k eyre ini olu turuyor Bu b l m n daha ncesinde benim gibi g recilik leyhinde bir eyler okumam ve zellikle g recilik kar t arg manlar g rm birisi i in olduk a ufuk a c olabilece ini d n yorum Bu b l mde Feyerabend hem g recili e getirilen belirli ele tirilere yan t veriyor hem de kendi g reci g r n savunuyor.Feyerabend amcam z n en g ze arpan taraflar ndan birisi farkl geleneklere ve bu gelenekler aras ndaki f Kitab n ilk b l m g recilik hakk nda ve bu b l m kitab n yakla k eyre ini olu turuyor Bu b l m n daha ncesinde benim gibi g recilik leyhinde bir eyler okumam ve zellikle g recilik kar t arg manlar g rm birisi i in olduk a ufuk a c olabilece ini d n yorum Bu b l mde Feyerabend hem g recili e getirilen belirli ele tirilere yan t veriyor hem de kendi g reci g r n savunuyor.Feyerabend amcam z n en g ze arpan taraflar ndan birisi farkl geleneklere ve bu gelenekler aras ndaki farkl l klara verdi i nem Ona g re bilim de geleneklerden yaln zca birisi ve bilimi ve ak lc ilkeleri esas alan bir toplumu ba ka ilkeleri esas alan bir topluma st n k lacak nesnel bir k yaslama l t yok Feyerabend g r lerini desteklemek maksad yla kitap boyunca bir s r tarihsel rne e ba vuruyor ve bu rnekleri verirken d nemin artlar n g z n nde bulundurarak o zamanlar savunulan g r lerin kendi i erisinde nas l da tutarl oldu unu, bilimsel ilerlemenin bizim sand m z kadar basit bir ekilde ilerlemedi ini g stermeye al yor Kitapta vurgulanan ve ilgimi eken di er eylerden birisi ise kitab n s rekli bir ekilde teori ve uygulama aras nda kar la t rmalar yapmas ve teoriyi uygulamaya ya da prati e g re daha asil, y ce bir u ra olarak g ren tayfan n tezatl klar n Feyerabend in ifadesiyle ikiy zl l klerini ortaya karmas Feyerabend ile tan mam n, daha do rusu bu kitab okuman n bana katt en nemli eylerden birisinin belirli bir teoriye olan imandan kaynaklanan kibirden ar nmam oldu unu s yleyebilirim.Kitapla ilgili sorunlardan birisi kitab n belirli k s mlar nda kendinizi ne oldu unu dahi anlamad n z tart malar n i erisinde bulabilmeniz ki bilim felsefesi ve bilim tarihi hakk nda ok okuma yapmad ysan z muhtemelen hissedeceksinizdir Ancak yine de kitab n farkl bir persfektif sa lamak a s ndan olduk a faydal olaca n d n yorum Kitab okurken tekrardan okuyabilece imi d nd m, en ok ho uma giden b l mleri i aretledim, o b l mler yle 1 G recilik zerine Notlar2 Ak l, Ksenofanes ve Homeros un Tanr lar 3 Bilgi ve Teorilerin Rol 9 Galile ve Do rulu un Tiranl 10 Putnam n K yaslanamazl k zeirne D nceleri11 K lt rel o ul cu luk mu Yoksa Yeni Yavuz Bir rneklik mi 12D B L M B R OK GELENEKTEN B R 12E AKIL VE PRAT K12F ZG R B R TOPLUMUN ELER 12G Y VE K T 12H AKLA VEDA


  3. Simon Mcleish Simon Mcleish says:

    Originally published on my blog here in May 2000.Farewell to Reason is a collection of essays on the subject of relativism Though they were rewritten for inclusion in this volume, their independent origin still shows in a certain repetitiveness and in disparity of content some are farconcentrated on a single theme than others for example, some are criticisms of particular writers.The essays pick on the same kinds of targets as Feyerabend s book Against Method, and attack the idea that Originally published on my blog here in May 2000.Farewell to Reason is a collection of essays on the subject of relativism Though they were rewritten for inclusion in this volume, their independent origin still shows in a certain repetitiveness and in disparity of content some are farconcentrated on a single theme than others for example, some are criticisms of particular writers.The essays pick on the same kinds of targets as Feyerabend s book Against Method, and attack the idea that science is a unified whole, with a single overriding method Karl Popper is singled out for criticism, but much of what is said would apply to anyone who contrasts scientific thinking with other modes of thought this is usually done do dismiss religious ideas.Most of the criticisms that can be made of Against Method are also appropriate here The rhetorical style of Feyerabend s argument, his use of Galileo as a paradigm of scientific method, and the use of counter examples from areas not always regarded as scientific such as economics are faults common to both The essay form adds new problems, and some parts do not fit into the whole terribly well notably the discussion of Aristotle s philosophy of mathematics, though it is interesting in itself Neither Popper nor Feyerabend seem terribly convincing to me while it is obvious that not all scientific thought is uniform, most practising scientists have quite similar ideas about what they are trying to do These differ in details such as the precise relationship between theory, experiment and whatever may count as underlying reality , but then philosophy does not interest many and certainly there are few who would let it affect their work.The most interesting new point is part of the essay on Galileo and the church, in which Feyerabend parallels the attitude of Catholic cardinals then and the scientific establishment today As the money and administrative side of scientific research grow every larger, it isanddifficult to be a successful, rather than starving iconoclast For science to have a religious orthodoxy of this kind is a bad thing, and we need people like Feyerabend to continually attack its genesis


  4. Mercurio Cadena Mercurio Cadena says:

    Feyerabend es un requisito en el mundo de la epistemolog a Paul nos persuade no s lo de la imposibilidad de un sistema de conocimiento objetivo que difumine al resto en una batalla de legitimidad, sino que nos muestra la mezquindad detr s de semejante proyecto.


  5. Daniel Daniel says:

    Paul Karl Feyerabend ensues to be the sort of out of the ordinary irreverent philosopher, which is plenty of contradictions and triggers his readers awkwardness, although this present work would rather be classified as a short tempered and tense juxtaposition of small essays which, in its best, could had a better impact, if its author wouldn t deplete his munitions of straw man representations of science, philosophy and arts I assume that the very point it makes and, at least, his work, would Paul Karl Feyerabend ensues to be the sort of out of the ordinary irreverent philosopher, which is plenty of contradictions and triggers his readers awkwardness, although this present work would rather be classified as a short tempered and tense juxtaposition of small essays which, in its best, could had a better impact, if its author wouldn t deplete his munitions of straw man representations of science, philosophy and arts I assume that the very point it makes and, at least, his work, would be of great value would be muchsatisfying, if the author would never classify his colleges and readers as academic scroungers its own work is itself contradictory, since he knocks out everyone who may sustain a different point, and doesn t itself admit criticism, because he is not, as we says, a reasonable writer instead, it befalls rational and logical comprehension of world, giving up on his fallacious attempts to detreat upon and not from others what we actually does, just because he isn t reasonable this point transforms his own position in a critique to the very intervention and intercultural dialogue, founded in the sign of variety a multiplicity which, I admit, till the present moment, not only is not guaranteed, owing to the fact it hasn t been accomplished in western and specially European history, but also in nowadays Even so, this standpoint, being unable to account for debate and consisting in a coarctation of human action and consideration of his acts, would create a meta historical writer, which tries to keep itself beyond bias a foregone conclusion he implicitly tries to deny he upholds, indorsing this outlook in his criticisms to Popper and other authors which I would better appreciate, if there wasn t so many ad hominins Indeed, this could never be achieved, since all we born in a cultural biased world vision in fact, he is trying to make his point, without considering others and obliterating the very culture path he eventually was trying to stand up for As a result, we can t affirm his ideas for we advise readers that doing anything even denying his argumentation from reflection upon his words would be impervious But since we are citizens and our pollical institutions couldn t stand as democratic, as long we can t adopt our characteristically societal disparity from other ethnicities the democratic world we envisaged in Greek culture and, as relativistic may agree, wouldn t be superior to any other nor inferior, and, as a result, it consists in an idiosyncrasy that shall never be eliminated the obliteration of memories would cause an aberration the dilapidation and annihilation of our patrimonial fountainheads as humans, the mistreatment to the right for memory, because we must foment diversity and recognize it from our culture, and not as an stranger talking as a prophet, like some stylistic twists in Feyerabend s book Consequently, the problem is and Feyerabend adopts a pattern with we couldn t refuse it is the stain of his very own culture, since it considers problems , therefore, how to foment diversity in world culture backdrop, without a reliance in homogeneous and inhuman methodology and that is one of the greatest lessons we could learn about the view Paul Feyerabend gives us, although we denies that is, in the treatment of our very own culture and social organization, we must seek for a methodology which allows diversity and respect to human diversity and it only could be done if we take the time we need to reflect and try to surpass the intolerable standardization and velocity of our society instead, we must not neglect science as something, which was to do which our western culture and it is important was well as other cultural traditions, but instead think how the democratization of education could be less dogmatic andcritical in fact, Paul Feyerabend cannot forget our history and that his knowledge came from a tradition would had been lost, if it didn t pass to us so if we don t give or foresee to provide education for our children, democratically reserving it just for a minority as Feyerabend suggests in is argumentative path in fact, we thinks education couldn t extend his limits to the citizens that born as members of a western tradition I agree that we can t destroy autochthonous structures, a point which I totally agree with , considering intellectuals and educated people as a minority , it would eventually createpermeable citizens that is, people which born in western culture without tools to think for themselves and throwing light to this truism to consider Feyerabend words and its very point however, the author disrepairs his culture and rather thinks that we must assume that other cultures are superior to our owns they, in fact, have the same value and that we must take some practices from them, instead of recognizing that this very solution was the one likewise we criticized we denies we should share our cultural practises with others, because it would be a imperialist view I agree we should be aware to the imperialism western tries to adopt, but I don t agree that we should forget our culture I think that balance is required so, our schools could be improved, but we should consider that reading, learning, intellectual work, which Paul Feyerabend had done, are taken from the very nature of our culture and we shall never try to forget this So, nonetheless, my balance is that the indignation with honest efforts and intellectuals they aren t all of the same stipend, since, as all workers, they could be considered a contribuition to our society in general as a rich culture, as the others and, therefore, we shall never forget nothing and, specially, never try to foreshadow our history as a dynamical practice So, at least, his very disrespectful remarks to all universities are, at best, very disgraceful, due to the fact that the contemporary world would need to conciliate his views, not within a rational system closed upon itself, but rather with critical thought


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  7. Pavlogreen Pavlogreen says:

    Tomarse al pie de la letra a Feyerabend puede ser peligroso, pero como cura de humildad y toma de conciencia de hasta qu punto la labor cient fica y todo lo que la rodea son fr giles y contingentes resulta m s que pertinente Hay partes realmente brillantes y ricas en propuestas que ayudan m s a la ciencia de lo que aparentemente la critican, aunque tambi n abundan los fragmentos defensivos ante las muchas cr ticas que le hicieron en vida al bueno de Paul, que fluct an entre las explicaciones l Tomarse al pie de la letra a Feyerabend puede ser peligroso, pero como cura de humildad y toma de conciencia de hasta qu punto la labor cient fica y todo lo que la rodea son fr giles y contingentes resulta m s que pertinente Hay partes realmente brillantes y ricas en propuestas que ayudan m s a la ciencia de lo que aparentemente la critican, aunque tambi n abundan los fragmentos defensivos ante las muchas cr ticas que le hicieron en vida al bueno de Paul, que fluct an entre las explicaciones l cidas y las imprecaciones belicosas y con menos inter s.En definitiva, hay muchas cosas valiosas en Adi s a la raz n, expresadas con mucha precisi n y claridad, y presumo que en toda la obra de Feyerabend, pero, fiel su propio pensamiento, m s vale leerlo y aprender de l que seguirlo ciegamente


  8. Fatih A. Fatih A. says:

    Gelenek her eyin kral d r.


  9. Rui Coelho Rui Coelho says:

    More political, but also less bright, than Against the Method.


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