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The Worst Enemy of Science?: Essays in Memory of Paul Feyerabend Hardcover – Feb 15 2000

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (Feb. 15 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195128745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195128741
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 485 g
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"The attractive and unique feature of this collection of essays is the editors' balanced and careful presentation of the life and work of such a divisive figure...strongly recommended."--Choice

"...a very useful introduction to Feyerabend...a very solid collection."--Complete Review

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This series of essays reanimates the real Feyerbend, too often associated with a series of much denounced one-liners, such as the 'anything goes' pronouncement. In fact, Feyerbend rides the dialectical red zone in hairpin turns near the unexplored terrain where science fans, groupies, Darwin fanatics, and the 'anally overtrained' fear to tread, lest their weltanschaung be seen as Romantic poets once saw it. As a science fan myself, I can only watch in wonder and some sadness the 'social construction', in the age of Big Science, of something more sophisticated than, but not altogether different from, what the Church Fathers concocted from thin air, thereby freezing the minds of the many for millennia. It can't happen again, but it can attempt to happen again. That's the nice thing about science, you will lose all your paradigms, sooner better than later.
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There is a very short explication of the title "The Worst Enemy of Science" in the Preface (pp. v-vi, signed by Gonzalo Munevar), where it is curtly stated: "Paul Feyerabend was once described in Nature as "The Worst Enemy of Science"." A more detailed reference than this briefest of mentions is nowhere given in the whole book. The book naturally contains (like all Academic books) hundreds of other (scrupulously) full references of much lesser importance. What is the precise Nature reference to Feyerabend as "The Worst Enemy of Science"? Or is this a pure legend, perhaps invented by Feyerabend himself (who loved exaggerations, farcical tricks, and hoaxes of the "Anything Goes" type) so as to bolster his well-deserved notoriety?
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HASH(0xa1089618) out of 5 stars Method in that madness Aug. 1 2003
By John C. Landon - Published on Amazon.com
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This series of essays reanimates the real Feyerbend, too often associated with a series of much denounced one-liners, such as the 'anything goes' pronouncement. In fact, Feyerbend rides the dialectical red zone in hairpin turns near the unexplored terrain where science fans, groupies, Darwin fanatics, and the 'anally overtrained' fear to tread, lest their weltanschaung be seen as Romantic poets once saw it. As a science fan myself, I can only watch in wonder and some sadness the 'social construction', in the age of Big Science, of something more sophisticated than, but not altogether different from, what the Church Fathers concocted from thin air, thereby freezing the minds of the many for millennia. It can't happen again, but it can attempt to happen again. That's the nice thing about science, you will lose all your paradigms, sooner better than later.
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HASH(0xa108c9f0) out of 5 stars Anything Goes!!! Oct. 14 2015
By Paul V. KATCHALOV - Published on Amazon.com
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No, of course, Paul Feyerabend was not an "enemy of science". Certanly, he was the enemy of the positivist paradigm of science, that is (or was before him?) predominanant in the realm of English-language science. I believe, that in the long term, he would help to win even posthumously the English-language philosophy of science to cure itself from its century-long tradition of (sorry!) its dull empiricism. Without too much battle over words, even "condescending" to the plain vocabulary of his readers ("science-supermarket" - Oh, mein Gott !), he succeeded to introduce the most sublime Hegelian dialectics (under the lable of "relativism"), and the most boisterous part of Nietzsche's anti-rationalism ("gaia scienza" = "anything goes"), and, playing with word and concepts, methinks, gave the heirs of the most diehard epiricists a fine taste of German metaphysics, that they would be already unable to forget.
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HASH(0xa107a498) out of 5 stars Where did that title really come from? Aug. 25 2000
By Caroline H Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a very short explication of the title "The Worst Enemy of Science" in the Preface (pp. v-vi, signed by Gonzalo Munevar), where it is curtly stated: "Paul Feyerabend was once described in Nature as "The Worst Enemy of Science"." A more detailed reference than this briefest of mentions is nowhere given in the whole book. The book naturally contains (like all Academic books) hundreds of other (scrupulously) full references of much lesser importance. What is the precise Nature reference to Feyerabend as "The Worst Enemy of Science"? Or is this a pure legend, perhaps invented by Feyerabend himself (who loved exaggerations, farcical tricks, and hoaxes of the "Anything Goes" type) so as to bolster his well-deserved notoriety?


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