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By Paul Feyerabend

Smooth philosophy of technological know-how has paid nice realization to the certainty of medical 'practice', not like focus on clinical 'method'. Paul Feyerabend's acclaimed paintings, which has contributed tremendously to this new emphasis, indicates the deficiencies of a few frequent principles in regards to the nature of information. He argues that the single possible reasons of medical successes are ancient causes, and that anarchism needs to now change rationalism within the thought of information. The 3rd version of this vintage textual content includes a new preface and extra reflections at numerous issues during which the writer takes account either one of fresh debates on technological know-how and at the effect of clinical items and practices at the human group. whereas disavowing populism or relativism, Feyerabend maintains to insist that the voice of the inexpert needs to be heard. hence many environmental perils have been first pointed out via non-experts opposed to triumphing assumptions within the clinical group. Feyerabend's difficult reassessment of medical claims and understandings are as stinky and well timed as ever.

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My intention is not to replace one set of general rules by another such set: my intention is, rather, to convince the reader that all methodologies, even the most obvious ones, htlVe their limits. The best way to show this is to demonstrate the limits and even the irrationality of some rules which she, or he, is likely to regard as basic. In the case of induction (including induction by falsification) this means demonstrating how well the counterinductive procedure can be supported by argument.

Knowledge of their collectors and translators. Since the discoveries of Hawkins, Marshack, Seidenberg, van der Waerden (Gtometry and Algebra in Ancient Civilizations, New York, 1 983) and others we have to admit the existence of an international palaeolithic astronomy that gave rise to schools, observatories, scientific traditions and most interesting theories. , and by going back into the past from the literary remains which we find in sagas, legends, myths. An example of the first method is A.

30 AGAI NST METHOD success, even if it is success surrounded by difficulties. The theory becomes acceptable as a topic for discussion; it is presented at meetings and large conferences. The diehards of the status quo feel an obligation to study one paper or another, to make a few grumbling comments, and perhaps to join in its exploration. There comes then a moment when the theory is no longer an esoteric discussion topic for advanced seminars and conferences, but enters the public domain. There are introductory texts, popularizations; examination questions start dealing with problems to be solved in its terms.

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