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Against Method : Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge

Against Method : Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0860916468

Cover of Against Method : Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge 3RD 93 (ISBN 978-0860916468)
ISBN13: 978-0860916468
ISBN10: 0860916464 Edition: 3RD 93
Copyright: 1993
Publisher: Verso Book
Published: 1993
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Against Method : Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge - 3RD 93 edition

ISBN13: 978-0860916468

Paul K. Feyerabend

ISBN13: 978-0860916468
ISBN10: 0860916464 Edition: 3RD 93
Copyright: 1993
Publisher: Verso Book
Published: 1993
International: No
Summary

Modern philosophy of science has paid great attention to the understanding of scientific "practice," in contrast to the earlier concentration on scientific "method." Paul Feyerabend's acclaimed work, which has contributed greatly to this new emphasis, shows the deficiencies of some widespread ideas about the nature of knowledge. He argues that the only feasible explanations of scientific successes are historical explanations, and that anarchism must now replace rationalism in the theory of knowledge.
The third edition of this classic text contains a new preface and additional reflections at various points in which the author takes account both of recent debates on science and on the impact of scientific products and practices on the human community. While disavowing populism or relativism, Feyerabend continues to insist that the voice of the inexpert must be heard. Thus many environmental perils were first identified by nonexperts against prevailing assumptions in the scientific community. Feyerabend's challenging reassessment of scientific claims and understandings are as pungent and timely as ever.

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