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Against Method and for it
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Feyerabend “Science is an essentially anarchistic enterprise: theoretical anarchism is more humanitarian and more likely to encourage progress than its law-and- order alternatives” Pg. 17
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Feyerabend - methodological approaches are inaccurate Actual history (especially one involving revolutions) is rich and complex -- more co that any single theory or method can explain. History is full of accidents, conjectures and complexities. History is unpredictable.
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Feyerabend - methodological approaches are inaccurate History of science is no exception - it is just as messy and complicated. Methodological rules are broken throughout the history of science. Sometimes this is done unknowingly or by accident Sometimes it is intentional Importantly, Feyerabend says it is absolutely necessary to the progress of science!
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Feyerabend - methodological approaches are prenicious e.g. The consistency criterion This is a bad criterion because it “preserves the older theory, and not the better theory” Having more, and more varied, theories is better for science
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Feyerabend - methodological approaches are prenicious “There is no idea, however ancient and absurd, that is not capable of improving our knowledge” Therefore, explaining how science happens is not something any single theory or description of methodology could handle. Pg. 47
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Feyerabend - methodological approaches are prenicious In order to get involved, or contribute to such a process, you have to be willing to do what ever works. Since science proceeds in such a
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This note was uploaded on 07/28/2010 for the course PHIL Phil 12 taught by Professor Amndabrovold during the Spring '10 term at San Diego.

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