A review and a link to other reviews of Killing Time by Paul Feyerabend. PAUL FEYERABEND. Killing Time. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, , cloth $ Robert Nola. Department of Philosophy. University of Auckland. Killing Timeis the story of Paul Feyerabend’s life. Killing Time Paul Feyerabend – – Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 23 (1):3 –

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No sign of it. Feyerabend barely managed to finish writing the book, lying in a hospital bed with an inoperable brain tumor and the left side of his body paralyzed, and he died shortly before it feyeraebnd released. A charmingly anecdotal, if somewhat scattered, autobiography of the great philosopher of science whose name has become synonymous with a dangerous anarchic attack on objective standards.

Killing Time

Nor did this essentially inquiring mind ever cease knocking authority and criticizing the foundations of Western culture. Killing Time – US. It’s a short book and easy to read: Feyerabend became famous for his purportedly anarchistic view of science and his rejection of the existence of universal methodological rules.

Three Dialogues on Knowledge. I suspect if he seems like an odd thinker it is partly because he takes from so many places. There are plenty of other great anecdotes and caustic comments here, though I also have a feeling that there are even more war stories out there.

Killing Time (Paul Feyerabend) – book review

Finished only weeks before his death init is the self-portrait of one of this century’s most original and influential intellectuals. Yet, Feyerabend clearly wants us to see that this love “is a gift, not an achievement” p. A homo universalis with an interesting outlook on science and an even more interesting biography.


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Again, I wish he had had more time to finish the book They refuse to be engaged on some other tiny bit even if it sits right next to theirs, or to the small big picture. It’s all very well to blame the philosophers who generally avoid science because it’s too hard.

He remained there for some 30 years, though frequently accepting teaching assignments elsewhere in the world as well. I had been planning to killihg this afternoon to catching up on urgent work-related things, but in the event I spent it reading Feyerabend’s wonderful autobiography. There are no iklling topics on this book yet.

I didn’t get very far. His intellectual progress is suggested in this book, though also not fully followed through.

If it were to protect their anonymity, he could at least have given his wives surnames since they are no chance to remain unknown.

Being “still highly marketable” in the late 60s he took advantage of the many offers he received, teaching everywhere from New Zealand to Europe to America. Meaning is not located anywhere. Perhaps reflecting deeply on personal matters just wasnt his strength – on the contrary, impersonally and philosophically he did quite well.


Clearly if they believe that they can do a good job of being a scientist with nothing even remotely approaching a world view, they are scarcely going to see any advantage in an interdisciplinary education or way of engaging with the world.

It is an entertaining, though far too cursory account, of the fascinating and varied life of one of this centuries most curious philosophers. Violence in the Service of Order: Miray rated it really liked it Apr 02, They have tiny fragmented parts to play in something which might or might not have a big picture. Fans of Feyerabend will obviously want to read Killing Timebut, as an engaging autobiography of an intriguing individual who led an eventful life, it could also be appreciated by those who have no real interest in the philosophy of science and have never even heard of Feyerabend.

Contrary to someone like Karl Kraus, Feyerabend seems to think that men, at least as long as they have not acquired moral character, are morally neutral, whilst ideas are not. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

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Although not written as an intellectual autobiography, Killing Time sketches the people, ideas, and conflicts of sixty years.