Quotes by Paul Karl Feyerabend

"The best education consists in immunizing people against systematic attempts at education."

"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."

"Without a constant misuse of language there cannot be any discovery, any progress"

"We need a dream-world in order to discover the features of the real world we think we inhabit."

"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 of entire world views, he is the inventor of entire forms of life."

Books by Paul Karl Feyerabend

  • Against Method
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  • November 17th 1993 by Verso

    (first published 1975)

Paul Karl Feyerabend
  • Paul Karl Feyerabend

  • Date of birth: January 13, 1924
  • Died: February 11, 1994
  • Born: in Vienna, Austria.

  • Description: Paul Karl Feyerabend was an Austrian-born philosopher of science best known for his work as a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked for three decades (1958–1989).

    His life was a peripatetic one, as he lived at various times in England, the United States, New Zealand, Italy, Germany, and finally Switzerland. His major works include Against Method (published in 1975), Science in a Free Society (published in 1978) and Farewell to Reason (a collection of papers published in 1987). Feyerabend became famous for his purportedly anarchistic view of science and his rejection of the existence of universal methodological rules. He is an influential figure in the philosophy of science, and also in the sociology of scientific knowledge.