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This volume aims to develop our understanding and critically engage with themes in the corpus of Paul Feyerabend. The eleven chapters of the volume collectively pursue two intertwined goals: providing historically robust interpretations of Feyerabend’s texts and reinjecting ingredients of Feyerabend’s thought into current discussions. Before delving into this, it is worth making some brief remarks on Feyerabend’s legacy and the extant secondary scholarship.
This collection of new essays interprets and critically evaluates the philosophy of Paul Feyerabend. It offers innovative historical scholarship on Feyerabend's take on topics such as realism, empiricism, mimesis, voluntarism, pluralism, materialism, and the mind-body problem, as well as certain debates in the philosophy of physics. It also considers the ways in which Feyerabend's thought can contribute to contemporary debates in science and public policy, including questions about the nature of scientific methodology, the role of science in society, citizen science, scientism, and the role of expertise in public policy. The volume will provide readers with a comprehensive overview of the topics which Feyerabend engaged with throughout his career, showing both the breadth and the depth of his thought.