Against Method

Against Method

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Overview

Paul Feyerabend’s globally acclaimed work, which sparked and continues to stimulate fierce debate, examines the deficiencies of many widespread ideas about scientific progress and the nature of knowledge. Feyerabend argues that scientific advances can only be understood in a historical context. He looks at the way the philosophy of science has consistently overemphasized practice over method, and considers the possibility that anarchism could replace rationalism in the theory of knowledge.

This updated edition of the classic text includes a new introduction by Ian Hacking, one of the most important contemporary philosophers of science. Hacking reflects on both Feyerabend’s life and personality as well as the broader significance of the book for current discussions.

Editorial Reviews

The Philosopher

Since it was first published in 1975, Against Method has followed Popper’s The Logic of Scientific Discovery and Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions into becoming a classic text in the debate about scientific methodology and scientific reasoning.

New Society

A devastating attack on the claims of philosophy to legislate for scientific practice.

Archives de Philosophie

Against Method is more than a book: it is an event.

New Scientist

A brilliant polemic.

London Review of Books

A powerful critique.

From the Publisher

A devastating attack on the claims of philosophy to legislate for scientific practice.”—New Society

“A brilliant polemic.”—New Scientist

“Since it was first published in 1975, Against Method has followed Popper’s The Logic of Scientific Discovery and Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions into becoming a classic text in the debate about scientific methodology and scientific reasoning.”—The Philosopher

“A powerful critique.”—London Review of Books

Against Method is more than a book: it is an event.”—Archives de Philosophie

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844674428
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 05/11/2010
Edition description: Fourth Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 159,293
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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