Relativism in Feyerabend's later writings

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Abstract

This paper reconstructs, and distinguishes between, Feyerabend's different forms of relativism in his later writings. Science in a Free Society remains close to familiar forms of relativism, while, at the same time, developing an original but under-argued form of political relativism, and rejecting "conversion" models of cultural exchange. Farewell to Reason moves away from common renderings of relativism, and develops a range of different new forms. Central here are links between relativism, skepticism and infallibilism. In the last six years of his life, Feyerabend often criticizes a peculiar radical form of relativism that arguably no-one has ever proposed or defended. In the same context, Feyerabend sketches an "ontological" form of relativism. It combines "Kantian humility", metaphysical pluralism and constructivism.

OriginalspracheEnglisch
Seiten (von - bis)106-113
Seitenumfang8
FachzeitschriftStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A
Jahrgang57
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PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2016

ÖFOS 2012

  • 603113 Philosophie

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