Killing Time: The Autobiography of Paul Feyerabend

November 15, 1996|
Killing Time: The Autobiography of Paul Feyerabend by Paul Feyerabend
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Killing Time is the story of Paul Feyerabend''s life. Finished only weeks before his death in 1994, it is the self-portrait of one of this century''s most original and influential intellectuals.

Trained in physics and astronomy, Feyerabend was best known as a philosopher of science. But he emphatically was not a builder of theories or a writer of rules. Rather, his fame was in powerful, plain-spoken critiques of "big" science and "big" philosophy. Feyerabend gave voice to a radically democratic "epistemological anarchism:" he argued forcefully that there is not one way to knowledge, but many principled paths; not one truth or one rationality but different, competing pictures of the workings of the world. "Anything goes," he said about the ways of science in his most famous book, Against Method. And he meant it.

Here, for the first time, Feyerabend traces the trajectory that led him from an isolated, lower-middle-class childhood in Vienna to the height of international academic success. He writes of his experience in the German army on the Russian front, where three bullets left him crippled, impotent, and in lifelong pain. He recalls his promising talent as an operatic tenor (a lifelong passion), his encounters with everyone from Martin Buber to Bertolt Brecht, innumerable love affairs, four marriages, and a career so rich he once held tenured positions at four universities at the same time.

Although not written as an intellectual autobiography, Killing Time sketches the people, ideas, and conflicts of sixty years. Feyerabend writes frankly of complicated relationships with his mentor Karl Popper and his friend and frequent opponent Imre Lakatos, and his reactions to a growing reputation as the "worst enemy of science."
A controversial and influential voice in the philosophy of science, Paul K. Feyerabend was born and educated in Vienna. After military service during World War II and further study at the University of London, he returned to Vienna as a lecturer at the university. In 1959, having taught for several years at Bristol University in Englan...
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Title:Killing Time: The Autobiography of Paul Feyerabend
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:203 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.9 in
Shipping dimensions:203 pages, 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.9 in
Published:November 15, 1996
Publisher:University of Chicago Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780226245324

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