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Summary Paul Feyerabend (1924-1994) was an influential philosopher of science who challenged orthodoxy in the philosophy of science throughout his career.  Following studies in Vienna, he worked for a time in the late 1950's in Britain before moving to the University of California at Berkeley.  Though he remained attached to Berkeley throughout the remainder of his career, he held a range of visiting positions, and in later years also held a position at the ETH in Zurich.  In early work, Feyerabend subjected the logical empiricist account of meaning to criticism, arguing for meaning variance and the incommensurability of theories.  He was perhaps most famous for his book Against Method in which he argues that all rules of scientific method may be legitimately violated in specific circumstances.
Key works Feyerabend's most famous book is Against Method.  Later books include  Science in a Free SocietyFarewell to ReasonConquest of Abundance and  The Tyranny of Science.  Many of his most important papers have been collected in the three volumes of his philosophical papers Feyerabend 1965, Feyerabend 1981, Feyerabend 1999.  Several books devoted to Feyerabend have been published, including Farrell 2003, Oberheim 2007, Preston 1997, as well as a recent edited collection of essays Preston et al 2000.  Feyerabend's autobiography, Killing Time, is also to be recommended.
Introductions Paul Hoyningen-Huene's obituary of Feyerabend contains general remarks on Feyerabend's philosophical work, as well as his life and career (see Hoyningen-Huene 1994).  For a more detailed overview of Feyerabend's career and the development of his ideas, see John Preston's entry on Feyerabend in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (see Preston 2008).
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  1. added 2020-02-11
    The Worst Enemy of Science? Essays in Memory of Paul Feyerabend. [REVIEW]Robert Nola - 2001 - Mind 110 (439):813-817.
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    The Relativistic Legacy of Kuhn and Feyerabend.Howard Sankey - forthcoming - In M. Kusch (ed.), Routledge Handbook to Relativism. Routledge.
    Relativism in the philosophy of science is widely associated with the work of Thomas Kuhn and Paul Feyerabend. Kuhn and Feyerabend espoused views about conceptual change and variation of scientific method that have apparent relativistic implications. Both held that scientific theories or paradigms may be incommensurable due to semantic variation. Two ways that truth may be relative because of semantic incommensurability will be distinguished. Davidson’s criticism of the idea of an untranslatable language will be discussed, as well as a response (...)
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    Incommensurability, Translation and Understanding.Howard Sankey - 1991 - Philosophical Quarterly 41 (165):414-426.
    This paper addresses the issue of how it is possible to understand the language of an incommensurable theory. The aim is to defend the idea of translation failure against the objection that it incoherently precludes understanding.
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    Translation Failure Between Theories.Howard Sankey - 1991 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 22 (2):223-236.
    This paper considers the issue of translation failure between theories from the perspective of a modified causal theory of reference. It is argued that translation failure between theories is in fact a consequence of such a modified causal theory of reference. The paper attempts to show what is right about the incommensurability thesis from the perspective of such a theory of reference. Since relations of co-reference may obtain between theories in the absence of translation, incomparability of content does not follow (...)
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    Zum Tod von Paul Feyerabend. 1924-1994.Elmar Holenstein - 1994 - Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 48 (2):300-302.
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    Paul Feyerabend, Against Method, 4th Ed. (London: Verso, 2010). 296, Price $22.95 Pb. Paul Feyerabend, The Tyranny of Science, Ed. Eric Oberheim (London: Polity, 2011). 153, Price $13.18 Pb. [REVIEW]Ian James Kidd - 2013 - Philosophical Investigations 36 (1):90-94.
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    The Attenuated Ramblings of a Madman: Feyerabend’s Anarchy Examined.Sarah M. Roe - 2009 - Polish Journal of Philosophy 3 (2):67-85.
    The slogan ‘anything goes’ first appears in Paul Feyerabend’s book Against Method at the end of the first chapter. Since that time, philosophical literature has been peppered with criticism and cries of outrage towards Feyerabend’s call for anarchy. Many have speculated on what exactly was meant by the slogan and even more philosophers and scientists have quickly discarded Feyerabend’s antidote as the obvious ramblings of a madman.In this essay, I will argue that Paul Feyerabend does not promote complete anarchy, contrary (...)
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    Knowledge, Science and Relativism. Philosophical Papers, Volume 3. [REVIEW]Herman Philipse - 2001 - Philosophy 76 (1):158-174.
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    Sola Experientia?: Feyerabend's Refutation of Classical Empiricism.Bas C. van Fraassen - 1997 - Philosophy of Science 64 (Supplement):385-395.
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    Grayling, Feyerabend and the constancy of sense.John Shand - 1986 - Analysis 46 (4):211.
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    On Feyerabend's Version of 'Mach's Theory of Research and its Relation to Einstein'.Klaus Hentschel - 1985 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 16 (4):387.
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    Mach's Theory of Research and its Relation to Einstein.Paul K. Feyerabend - 1984 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 15 (1):1.
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    Feyerabend, Galileo and Darwin: How to Make the Best Out of What You Have - or Think You Can Get.Scott A. Kleiner - 1979 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 10 (4):285.
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    In Defence of Classical Physics.Paul Feyerabend - 1970 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 1 (1):59.
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    VIII.—An Attempt at a Realistic Interpretation of Experience.P. K. Feyerabend - 1957 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 58 (1):143-170.
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    Robert P. Farrell, Feyerabend and Scientific Values: Tightrope‐Walking Rationality. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers , 260 Pp., $86.00. [REVIEW]Eric Oberheim - 2005 - Philosophy of Science 72 (3):514-517.
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    Critical Notice: Conquering Feyerabend’s Conquest of Abundance*Paul Feyerabend, The Conquest of Abundance: A Tale of Abstraction Vs. The Richness of Being. Chicago: University of Chicago Press , Xviii + 285 Pp. ISBN 0–226–24533–0, $27.00. [REVIEW]Gonzalo Munévar - 2002 - Philosophy of Science 69 (3):519-535.
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    The Structure of Science.Paul K. Feyerabend - 1966 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 17 (3):237-249.
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    Experience and Content: Consequences of a Continuum Theory.W. Martin Davies - 1993 - Dissertation,
    This thesis is about experiential content: what it is; what kind of account can be given of it. I am concerned with identifying and attacking one main view - I call it the inferentialist proposal. This account is central to the philosophy of mind, epistemology and philosophy of science and perception. I claim, however, that it needs to be recast into something far more subtle and enriched, and I attempt to provide a better alternative in these pages. The inferentialist proposal (...)
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    Pluralism and Anarchism in Quantum Physics: Paul Feyerabend's Writings on Quantum Physics in Relation to His General Philosophy of Science.Marij van Strien - 2020 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 80:72-81.
    This paper aims to show that the development of Feyerabend’s philosophical ideas in the 1950s and 1960s largely took place in the context of debates on quantum mechanics. In particular, he developed his influential arguments for pluralism in science in discussions with the quantum physicist David Bohm, who had developed an alternative approach to quantum physics which (in Feyerabend’s perception) was met with a dogmatic dismissal by some of the leading quantum physicists. I argue that Feyerabend’s arguments for theoretical pluralism (...)
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    The Tyranny of Science. [REVIEW]Brian Martin - 2012 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 26 (1):118-121.
    International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Volume 26, Issue 1, Page 118-121, March 2012.
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    Feyerabend, Science, and Scientism.Ian James Kidd - forthcoming - In Karim Bschir & Jamie Shaw (eds.), Interpreting Feyerabend. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    I argue that we can profitably understanding Feyerabend’s work in at least the latter half of his career in terms of a series of experiments with ways of conceptualising and criticising scientism, under the aegis of a ‘critique of scientific reason’. The critique of science’s self-understanding was the more sophisticated and successful, while the critique of scientific modernity was more erratic and less effective, due mainly to the failure to take up the necessary resources.
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    Book Review: Conquest of Abundance: A Tale of Abstraction Versus the Richness of Being, The Worst Enemy of Science? Essays in Memory of Paul Feyerabend. [REVIEW]Stephen M. Downes - 2002 - Science, Technology, and Human Values 27:160-167.
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    Incommensurability and Theory Change.Howard Sankey - 2011 - In Steven Hales (ed.), A Companion to Relativism. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 456-474.
    The paper explores the relativistic implications of the thesis of incommensurability. A semantic form of incommensurability due to semantic variation between theories is distinguished from a methodological form due to variation in methodological standards between theories. Two responses to the thesis of semantic incommensurability are dealt with: the first challenges the idea of untranslatability to which semantic incommensurability gives rise; the second holds that relations of referential continuity eliminate semantic incommensurability. It is then argued that methodological incommensurability poses little risk (...)
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    The Crisis in Methodology: Feyerabend.J. N. Hattiangadi - 1977 - Philosophy of the Social Sciences 7 (3):289.
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    Carnap, Feyerabend, and the Pragmatic Theory of Observation.Daniel Kuby - 2018 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 8 (2):432-470.
    Paul Feyerabend once made a remark to the effect that his pragmatic theory of observation can be traced back to proposals put forward by leading Logical Empiricists during the height of the protocol sentence debate. In this paper I want to vindicate the systematic side of Feyerabend’s remark and show that a pragmatic theory of observation can in fact be found in Rudolf Carnap’s writings of 1932. I first proceed to dispel a misunderstanding concerning the term “pragmatic” raised by Thomas (...)
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    Studies on Paul Feyerabend's Philosophy: From Logical Empiricism to the Historical Turn in Philosophy of Science.Daniel Kuby - 2016 - Dissertation,
    The present article-based dissertation is a contribution to a historical and systematic recon- struction of Paul Feyerabend’s philosophy. Building on previous work on the same subject, this thesis continues a research effort exploring Feyerabend’s early ties to scientific philoso- phy, in particular Logical Empiricism and the Vienna Circle, as well as its continued effects on Feyerabend’s later philosophy. The main claim is that Feyerabend’s formative years in Vienna (1946-1955) happened in the context of scientific philosophy and that his early philosophi- (...)
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    Paul Feyerabend in Wien 1946-1955: Das Österreichische College und der Kraft-Kreis.Daniel Kuby - 2010 - In Michael Benedikt, Reinhold Knoll, Franz Schwediauer & Cornelius Zehetner (eds.), Auf der Suche nach authentischem Philosophieren. Philosophie in Österreich 1951–2000. Verdrängter Humanismus – verzögerte Aufklärung. Vienna, Austria: pp. 1041-1056.
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    Feyerabend on Politics, Education, and Scientific Culture.Ian James Kidd - 2016 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 57:121-128.
    The purpose of this paper is to offer a sympathetic reconstruction of the political thought of Paul Feyerabend. Using a critical discussion of the idea of the ‘free society’ it is suggested that his political thought is best understood in terms of three thematic concerns – liberation, hegemony, and the authority of science – and that the political significance of those claims become clear when they are considered in the context of his educational views. It emerges that Feyerabend is best (...)
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    Polanyi's Presagement of the Incommensurability Concept.Struan Jacobs - 2002 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 33 (1):101-116.
    Kuhn and Feyerabend have little to say about the thought of Michael Polanyi, and the secondary literature on Polanyi's relation to them is meagre. I argue that Polanyi's view, in Personal knowledge and in other writings, of conceptual frameworks ‘segregated’ by a ‘logical gap’ as giving rise to controversies in science foreshadowed Kuhn and Feyerabend's theme of incommensurability. The similarity between the thinkers is, I suggest, no coincidence.
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    Feyerabend's Early Philosophy.Eric Oberheim & Paul Hoyningen-Huene - 2000 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 31 (2):363-375.
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    Science as Supermarket: `Post-Modern' Themes in Paul Feyerabend's Later Philosophy of Science.John Preston - 1998 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 29 (3):425-447.
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    Two Letters of Paul Feyerabend to Thomas S. Kühn on a Draft of the Structure of Scientific Revolutions.Paul Hoyningen-Huene - 1995 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 26 (3):353-387.
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    Feyerabend and Galileo: The Interaction of Theories, and the Reinterpretation of Experience.Peter K. Machamer - 1973 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 4 (1):1-46.
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    Feyerabend, Pluralism, and Parapsychology.Ian James Kidd - 2018 - Bulletin of the Parapsychological Association 5 (1):5-9.
    Feyerabend is well-known as a pluralist, and notorious for his defences of, and sympathetic references to, heterodox subjects, such as parapsychology. Focusing on the latter, I ask how we should understand the relationship between the pluralism and the defences, drawing on Marcello Truzzi's and Martin Gardner's remarks on Feyerabend along the way.
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  36. added 2017-02-13
    Feyerabend En Serio.G. Zanotti - forthcoming - Studium.
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    Farewell to Reason.Andrew Lugg - 1991 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 21 (1):109-120.
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    Conquest of Abundance: A Tale of Abstraction Versus the Richness of Being.Paul Feyerabend & Bert Terpstra - 1999 - Philosophy 75 (294):618-622.
    From flea bites to galaxies, from love affairs to shadows, Paul Feyerabend reveled in the sensory and intellectual abundance that surrounds us. He found it equally striking that human senses and human intelligence are able to take in only a fraction of these riches. "This a blessing, not a drawback," he writes. "A superconscious organism would not be superwise, it would be paralyzed." This human reduction of experience to a manageable level is the heart of _Conquest of Abundance_, the book (...)
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    Feyerabend, Feminism, and Philosophy.Noretta Koertge - 2013 - Hopos: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science 3 (1):139-141.
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    El Relativismo de Paul Karl Feyerabend.Teresa Gargiulo - 2016 - Ideas Y Valores 65 (160):95-120.
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    El Realismo Normativo de Paul Karl Feyerabend y Su Defensa de la Metafísica.María Teresa Gargiulo - 2015 - Eidos: Revista de Filosofía de la Universidad Del Norte 23:182-212.
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    A Dialogure on Relativism: Rorty and Feyerabend.María Aurelia Di Berardino - 2014 - Contemporary Pragmatism 11 (1):57-68.
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    Knowledge, Science and Relativism.P. K. Feyerabend - 1999 - Cambridge University Press.
    This third volume of Paul Feyerabend's philosophical papers, which gathers together work originally published between 1960 and 1980, offers a range of his characteristically exciting treatments of classic questions in the philosophy of science. It includes his previously untranslated paper 'The Problem of Theoretical Entities', and the important lecture 'Knowledge without Foundations', in which he develops the perspective on early philosophy and science put forward by Karl Popper. Other themes discussed include theoretical pluralism, the nature of scientific method, the relationship (...)
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    Feyerabend, Truth, and Relativisms: Footnotes to the Italian Debate.Stefano Gattei - 2016 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 57:87-95.
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    La Crítica de Paul Karl Feyerabend Al Modelo Neo-Positivista Del Significado.María Teresa Gargiulo de Vázquez - 2014 - Arbor 190 (769):a168.
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    Paul Feyerabend, The Tyranny of Science, Ed. Eric Oberheim. London: Polity, 2011. Pp. Xii+153. ISBN 978-0-7456-5190-3. £12.95. [REVIEW]Ian Kidd - 2011 - British Journal for the History of Science 44 (4):576-577.
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    Conquest of Abundance: A Tale of Abstraction Versus the Richness of Being. Paul Feyerabend.Eric Oberheim - 2001 - Isis 92 (3):597-598.
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    Killing Time: The Autobiography of Paul Feyerabend. Paul K. Feyerabend.Ian Hacking - 1996 - Isis 87 (2):334-335.
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    Science in a Free Society. Paul Feyerabend.Thomas R. Dunlap - 1984 - Isis 75 (1):211-212.
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    Should Debbie Do Shale?: A Playful Polemic in Honor of Paul Feyerabend.P. H. Steedman - 1982 - Educational Studies 13 (2):240-251.
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