© 1991

Beyond Reason

Essays on the Philosophy of Paul Feyerabend

  • Gonzalo Munévar

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 132)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Marx W. Wartofsky
    Pages 25-40
  3. Alastair Hannay
    Pages 109-129
  4. John Kekes
    Pages 159-178
  5. Gonzalo Munévar
    Pages 179-198
  6. Margherita Von Brentano
    Pages 199-212
  7. Werner Diederich
    Pages 213-224
  8. Noretta Koertge
    Pages 225-241
  9. Alan Musgrave
    Pages 243-280
  10. John Worrall
    Pages 329-353
  11. Joseph Agassi
    Pages 379-387
  12. Arne Naess
    Pages 403-416

About this book


Some philosophers think that Paul Feyerabend is a clown, a great many others think that he is one of the most exciting philosophers of science of this century. For me the truth does not lie somewhere in between, for I am decidedly of the second opinion, an opinion that is becoming general around the world as this century comes to an end and history begins to cast its appraising eye upon the intellectual harvest of our era. A good example of this opinion may be found in the admiration for Feyerabend's philosophy of science expressed by Grover Maxwell in his contribution to this volume. Maxwell, recalling his own intellectual transformation, says also that it was Feyerabend who "confirmed my then incipient suspicions that most of the foundations of currently fashionable philosophy and even a great deal of the methodology to which many scientists pay enthusiastic lip service are based on simple mistake- assumptions whose absurdity becomes obvious once attention is directed at them". And lest the reader thinks, as many still do, that however sharp Feyerabend's attacks upon the philosophical establishment may have been, he does not offer a positive philosophy (a complain made by C.A. Hooker and some of the other contributors), Paul Churchland argues otherwise.


Galileo Galilei Paul Feyerabend falsification materialism philosophy of science

Editors and affiliations

  • Gonzalo Munévar
    • 1
  1. 1.The Evergreen State CollegeWashingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Beyond Reason
  • Book Subtitle Essays on the Philosophy of Paul Feyerabend
  • Editors Gonzalo Munévar
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-1272-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-5406-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-3188-9
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 538
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    History, general
    Philosophy of Education
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