TITLE

Feyerabend's Metaphysics: Process-Realism, or Voluntarist-Idealism?

AUTHOR(S)
Farrell, Robert P.
PUB. DATE
December 2001
SOURCE
Journal for General Philosophy of Science;2001, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p351
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
John Preston has contended that Paul Feyerabend retreated from his earlier commitment to realism and consciously embraced a `voluntarist', social constructionist, idealism. Though there seems to be unmistakable subjective idealist statements in some of Feyerabend's writings, it will be argued that Feyerabend's idealistic period was short-lived, and that he returned to a form of realism in his later writings. Specifically, Feyerabend's distinction between theoretical/abstract and empirical/historical traditions of thought, when understood with Feyerabend's reevaluation of Bohr's philosophy of quantum physics in mind, is most aptly interpreted as a process realist position. Preston, in interpreting Feyerabend as a voluntarist, social constructionist, subjective idealist, fails to distinguish the ever-present rhetorical and provocative statements of Feyerabend's from the core arguments being presented.
ACCESSION #
11308425

 

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