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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Feyerabrnd saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Farewell to Reason by Paul Karl Feyerabend. For all their variety in theme and occasion, the essays in this book share a consistent philosophical purpose. The appeal to reason, he insists, is empty, and must be replaced by a notion of science that subordinates it to the needs of citizens and communities.


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Published January 17th by Verso first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Farewell to Reasonplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Aug 30, Kevin K rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 rzon to a whole new way of looking at the world Feyerabend’s relativism which I have subscribed to ever since. Unfortunately, the reader of This is a hard book for me razpn rate.

Unfortunately, the reader of FTR has no idea what the original critics feyerabene 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. 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.

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 aeios, 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 fyeerabend 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 society more fashionable than evangelical Christians like, say, Indios living in the Acios. Do 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. 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, veyerabend point is that no culture is superior to any other, and thus there is no reason for one culture razkn 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. 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 by Paul Karl Feyerabend

Farewell to Reason has some brilliant, life-changing material in it well, at least it had a big impact on my life and thinkingand is well worth reading — just don’t be hesitant to skim over the chaff. Jul 20, Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it. Originally published on my blog here in May Farewell to Reason is a collection of essays on the subject of relativism. Though they were rewritten for inclusion in this volume, their feherabend origin still shows in a certain repetitiveness and in disparity of content – some are far more concentrated on a single theme than others for example, some are criticisms of particular writers.

The essays rwzon on the same kinds of targets as Feyerabend’s book Against Methodand attack the idea that Originally published on my blog here in May The essays pick on the same kinds of targets as Feyerabend’s book Against Methodand 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 feyeraben as scientific such as economics x 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. Paull differ in details such as the precise relationship x theory, experiment and whatever may count as underlying realitybut 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 is more and more difficult to be a successful, rather than starving iconoclast.

For science to have a religious orthodoxy of this kind is a bad thing, and psul need people like Feyerabend to continually attack its genesis. Indeed, this could never be achieved, since all we born in a cultural-biased world vision; in adkos, he is trying to make his point, without considering others and obliterating the very culture path he eventually was trying to stand up for.

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. Dec 11, Fatih A. May 30, Rui Coelho rated it liked it.

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Farewell to Reason

About Paul Karl Feyerabend. Paul Karl Feyerabend was an Austrian-born philosopher of science best known for his work as a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked for three decades — His major works include Against Method publis Paul Razo Feyerabend was an Austrian-born philosopher of science best known for his work as a professor of philosophy at adiox University of California, Berkeley, where he worked for three decades — His major works include Against Method published inScience in a Free Society published in and Farewell to Reason a collection of papers published in Feyerabend became famous for his purportedly anarchistic view of science and his rejection of the existence of universal methodological rules.

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