Perspectives on Science 11 (2):208-235 (2003)

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Jonathan Y. Tsou
Iowa State University
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This paper explores Paul Feyerabend's (1924-1994) skeptical arguments for "anarchism" in his early writings between 1960 to 1975. Feyerabend's position is encapsulated by his well-known suggestion that the only principle for scientific method that can be defended under all circumstances is: "anything goes." I present Feyerabend's anarchism as a recommendation for pluralism that assumes a realist view of scientific theories. The aims of this paper are threefold: (1) to present a defensible view of Feyerabend's anarchism and its motivations, (2) to articulate the minimal form of realism that such a view presupposes, and (3) to consider the implications and limitations of such a perspective in contemporary philosophy of science.
Keywords Paul Feyerabend  Thomas Kuhn  Pluralism  Scientific Realism  Scientific Change  Scientific Objectivity
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DOI 10.1162/106361403322495894
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