Tyranny of Science

ISBN-10: 0745651909

ISBN-13: 9780745651903

Edition: 2011

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Paul Feyerabend is one of the greatest philosophers of science of the 20th century and his book Against Method is an international bestseller. In this new book he masterfully weaves together the main elements of his mature philosophy into a gripping tale: the story of the rise of rationalism in Ancient Greece that eventually led to the entrenchment of a mythical ls"scientific worldviewrs". In this wide-ranging and accessible book Feyerabend challenges some modern myths about science, including the myth that ls"science is successfulrs". He argues that some very basic assumptions about science are simply false and that substantial parts of scientific ideology were created on the basis of superficial generalizations that led to absurd misconceptions about the nature of human life. Far from solving the pressing problems of our age, such as war and poverty, scientific theorizing glorifies ephemeral generalities, at the cost of confronting the real particulars that make life meaningful. Objectivity and generality are based on abstraction, and as such, they come at a high price. For abstraction drives a wedge between our thoughts and our experience, resulting in the degeneration of both. Theoreticians, as opposed to practitioners, tend to impose a tyranny on the concepts they use, abstracting away from the subjective experience that makes life meaningful. Feyerabend concludes by arguing that practical experience is a better guide to reality than any theory, by itself, ever could be, and he stresses that there is no tyranny that cannot be resisted, even if it is exerted with the best possible intentions. Provocative and iconoclastic, The Tyranny of Science is one of Feyerabendrs"s last books and one of his best. It will be widely read by everyone interested in the role that science has played, and continues to play, in the shaping of the modern world.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 4/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 180
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Editor's Acknowledgements
Edictor's Introduction
The Tyranny of Science
Conflict and Harmony
The Disunity of Science
The Abundance of Nature
Dehumanizing Humans
Editor's Notes
Bibliography
Index
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