Paul Feyerabend's Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of PDF

By Paul Feyerabend

ISBN-10: 0860916464

ISBN-13: 9780860916468

Sleek philosophy of technological know-how has paid nice cognizance to the knowledge of clinical 'practice', not like focus on clinical 'method'. Paul Feyerabend's acclaimed paintings, which has contributed vastly to this new emphasis, indicates the deficiencies of a few common principles in regards to the nature of data. He argues that the one possible causes of clinical successes are old factors, and that anarchism needs to now exchange rationalism within the conception of information. The 3rd version of this vintage textual content includes a new preface and extra reflections at a variety of issues during which the writer takes account either one of contemporary debates on technology and at the effect of medical items and practices at the human group. whereas disavowing populism or relativism, Feyerabend keeps to insist that the voice of the inexpert needs to be heard. hence many environmental perils have been first pointed out via non-experts opposed to winning assumptions within the clinical group. Feyerabend's hard reassessment of clinical claims and understandings are as smelly and well timed as ever.

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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. e. on its empirical failures and its theoretical •n�dequacy. See also the next quotation and footnote. ing, by difficulties serious enough to provide material for refutation. 4 Even quite recently and in the non-relativistic domain it could be said that there 'exist numerous discrepancies between observation and theory'. 5 Bohr's atomic model was introduced, and retained, in the face of precise and unshakeable contrary evidence.

2 1 3). Ehrenfest: 'Kaufmann demonstrates that Lorentz's deformable electron is ruled out by the measurements' ('Zur Stabilitiitsfrage bei den Bucherer-Langevin Elektronen', Phys. , Vol. 7, 1 906, p. 302). Poincare's reluctance to accept the 'new mechanics' of Lorentz can be explained, at least in part, by the outcome of Kaufmann's experiment. Cf. Science and Method, New York 1960, Book Ill, Chapter 2, section v, where Kaufmann's experiment is discussed, the conclusion being that the 'principle of relativity .

Note that what is being asserted here is logical inconsistency; it may well be that the differences of prediction are too small to be detected by experiment. Note also that what is being asserted is not the inconsistency of, say, Newton's theory and Galileo's law, but rather the inconsistency of some consequences of Newton's theory in the domain of validity of Galileo's law, and Galileo's law. In the last case, the situation is especially clear. Galileo's law asserts that the acceleration of free fall is a constant, whereas application of Newton's theory to the surface of the earth gives an acceleration that is not constant but I .

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