Paul Feyerabend

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Paul Feyerabend

Paul Feyerabend

The best education consists in immunizing people against systematic attempts at educationMore Paul Feyerabend [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The only principle that does not inhibit progress is: anything goes.More Paul Feyerabend [01/18/2012 07:01:20]
Knowledge is not a series of self consistent theories that converges towards an ideal view; it is rather an ever increasing ocean of mutually incompatible (and perhaps even incommensurable) alternatives, each single theory, each fairy tale, each mythMore Paul Feyerabend [01/18/2012 07:01:26]
The best education consists in immunizing people against systematic attempts at education.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Teachers' using grades and the fear of failure mould the brains of the young until they have lost every ounce of imagination they might once have possessed.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The church at the time was much more faithful to reason than Galileo himself, and also took into consideration the ethical and social consequences of Galileo's doctrine. Its verdict against Galileo was rational and just.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Everywhere science is enriched by unscientific methods and unscientific results, ... the separation of science and non-science is not only artificial but also detrimental to the advancement of knowledge. If we want to understand nature, if we want to master our physical surroundings, then we must use all ideas, all methods, and not just a small selection of them.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Unanimity of opinion may be fitting for a church, for the frightened or greedy victims of some (ancient, or modern) myth, or for the weak and willing followers of some tyrant. Variety of opinion is necessary for objective knowledge. And a method that encourages variety is also the only method that is comparable with a humanitarian outlook.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
No theory ever agrees with all the facts in its domain, yet it is not always the theory that is to blame. Facts are constituted by older ideologies, and a clash between facts and theories may be proof of progress. It is also a first step in our attempt to find the principles implicit in familiar observational notions.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is clear, then, that the idea of a fixed method, or of a fixed theory of rationality, rests on too naive a view of man and his social surroundings. To those who look at the rich material provided by history, and who are not intent on impoverishing it in order to please their lower instincts, their craving for intellectual security in the form of clarity, precision, 'objectivity', 'truth', it will become clear that there is only one principle that can be defended under all circumstances and in all stages of human devMore Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
One might get the impression that I recommend a new methodology which replaces induction by counterinduction and uses a multiplicity of theories, metaphysical views, fairy tales, instead of the customary pair theory/observation. This impression would certainly be mistaken. My intention is not to replace one set of general rules by another such set: my intention is rather to convince the reader that all methodologies, even the most obvious ones, have their limits.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is not a single rule, however plausible, and however firmly grounded in epistemology, that is not violated at some time or other. It becomes evident that such violations are not accidental events, they are not results of insufficient knowledge or of inattention which might have been avoided. On the contrary, we see that they are necessary for progress.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Copernicanism and other essential ingredients of modern science survived only because reason was frequently overruled in their past.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Science is neither a single tradition, nor the best tradition there is, except for people who have become accustomed to its presence, its benefits and its disadvantages. In a democracy it should be separated from the state just as churches are now separated from the state.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A scientist, an artist, a citizen is not like a child who needs papa methodology and mama rationality to give him security and direction, he can take care of himself, for he is the inventor not only of laws, theories, pictures, plays, forms of music, ways of dealing with his fellow man, institutions, but also entire world view, he is the inventor of entire forms of like.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
First-world science is one science among many; by claiming to be more it ceases to be an instrument of research and turns into a (political) pressure group.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Not only are facts and theories in constant disharmony, they are never as neatly separated as everyone makes them out to be.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Facts are constituted by older ideologies, and a clash between facts and theories may be proof of progress.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The material which a scientist actually has at his disposal, his laws, his experimental results, his mathematical techniques, his epistemological prejudices, his attitude towards the absurd consequences of the theories which he accepts, is indeterminate in many ways, ambiguous, and never fully separated from the historical background . This material is always contaminated by principles which he does not know and which, if known, would be extremely hard to test.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Taking experimental results and observations for granted and putting the burden of proof on the theory means taking the observational ideology for granted without having ever examined it.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Mathematical Reasoning is not only exact; it has its own criteria of realityMore Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
One knows quite well that harmony can be a harmony of appearancesMore Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The attitude of the Church was not as dogmatic as is often assumed. Interpretations of Bible passages had been revised in the light of scientific research before. Everyone regarded the earth as spherical and as freely floating in space though the Bible tells a different story.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I do not see why I should be polite to tyrants, who slobber of humanitarianism and think only of their own petty interests.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The validity of usefulness, adequacy of popular standards can be tested only by research that violates them.More Paul Feyerabend [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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