This stimulating collection is devoted to the life and work of the most flamboyant of twentieth-century philosophers, Paul Feyerabend. Feyerabend's radical epistemological claims, and his stunning argument that there is no such thing as scientific method, were highly influential during his life and have only gained attention since his death in 1994. The essays that make up this volume, written by some of today's most respected philosophers of science, many of whom knew Feyerabend as students and colleagues, cover the diverse themes in his extensive body of work and present a personal account of this fascinating thinker.
Readership: Scholars and students of contemporary philosophy,
especially of philosophy of science and epistemology.
Edited by John Preston, Professor of Philosophy, University of Reading, Gonzalo Munévar, Professor of Philosophy, Evergreen State College, Washington, and David Lamb, Professor of Biomedical Ethics, University of Birmingham
John Preston, Gonzalo Munevar, and David Lamb: Introduction
1: Paul Hoyningen-Huene: Paul K. Feyerabend: An Obituary
2: Sheldon J. Reaven: Time Well Spent: On Paul Feyerabend's Autobiography
3: Bas C. van Fraassen: Sola Experientia?—Feyerabend's Refutation of Classical Empiricism
4: Peter Achinstein: Proliferation: Is It a Good Thing?
5: John Watkins: Feyerabend Among Popperians, 1948-1978
6: Gonzalo Munevar: A Rehabilitation of Paul Feyerabend
7: John Preston: Science as Supermarket: Post Modern Themes in Paul Feyerabend's Later Philosophy of Science
10: J.N. Hattiangadi: Two Concepts of Political Tolerance
11: Paul M. Churchland: To Transform the Phenomena: Feyerabend, Proliferation, and Recurrent Neural Networks
12: Joachim Jung: Paul K. Feyerabend: Last Interview