Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of by Paul Feyerabend

By Paul Feyerabend

Paul Feyerabend’s globally acclaimed paintings, which sparked and maintains to stimulate fierce debate, examines the deficiencies of many common rules approximately medical development and the character of information. Feyerabend argues that clinical advances can simply be understood in a historic context. He appears to be like on the means the philosophy of technology has regularly overemphasized perform over approach, and considers the chance that anarchism may perhaps exchange rationalism within the conception of data.

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3ff (for Bell's background) and p. 84 (for 'obscurantist'). · 30 AGAI NST METHOD success, even if it is success surrounded by difficulties. The theory becomes acceptable as a topic for discussion; it is presented at meetings and large conferences. The diehards of the status quo feel an obligation to study one paper or another, to make a few grumbling comments, and perhaps to join in its exploration. There comes then a moment when the theory is no longer an esoteric discussion topic for advanced seminars and conferences, but enters the public domain.

1 Thus the Copernican view at the time of Galileo was inconsistent with facts so plain and obvious that Galileo had to call it 'surely false ' . 2 'There is no limit to my astonishment,' he writes in a I . For the 'ocean' and various ways of dealing with it, cf. my 'Reply to Criticism', Boston Studies, Vol. 2, 1965 , pp. 224fT. 2. Galileo Galilei, The Assayer, quoted in S. Drake and C. D. O'Malley (eds), The Contrrmmy on the Comets of/618, London, 1960, p. 185. The 'surely false' refers to the condemnation by Church authorities.

The answer to the second question is simply ­ No. Consider what the discovery of an inconsistency between the phenomenon of Brownian motion and the second law would have req uire d. It would have required: (a) measurement of the exact motion of the particle in order to ascertain the change in its kinetic energy plus the energy spent on overcoming the resistance of the � uid; and (b) precise measurements of temperature and heat transfer m the surrounding medium in order to establish that any loss 28 AGAINST METHOD occurring there was indeed compensated by the increase in the energy of the moving particle and the work done against the fluid.

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