On 1/6/2012 8:54 AM, Evgenii Rudnyi wrote:
On 06.01.2012 17:08 John Clark said the following:
On Fri, Jan 6, 2012  Evgenii Rudnyi<use...@rudnyi.ru>  wrote:

If to talk about Galileo, then it would also good to remember
(for example Against method). Feyerabend has studied the way
Galileo has made science a lot and his conclusion:

"The church at the time of Galileo was much more faithful to reason
than Galileo himself, and also took into consideration the ethical
and social consequences of Galileo's doctrine. Its verdict against
Galileo was rational and just, and revisionism can be legitimized
solely for motives of political opportunism."

I believe those remarks could be summarized more concisely if he had
said " I Paul Feyerabend am an idiot". I love philosophy but hate
philosophers because very little philosophy comes from professional
philosophers, it comes from scientists and mathematicians. Every time
I think I'm being too hard on philosophers somebody mentions a person
like Feyerabend and I remember why I dislike them so much.

John K Clark

This statement contradict to a normal scientific world view but it is based on historical facts. Hence it well might be that you have to read more about Galileo.

As for Feyerabend (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Feyerabend)

"Feyerabend became famous for his purportedly anarchistic view of science and his rejection of the existence of universal methodological rules.[1] He is an influential figure in the philosophy of science, and also in the sociology of scientific knowledge."

His book Against method has been cited more than 6000 times according to Google 


This does not mean that everybody has to agree with him but a statement about an idiot looks exaggerated.

I'm sure Leviticus has been cited even more times.

"The philosophy of science is just about as useful to scientists
as ornithology is to birds."
      --- Steven Weinberg

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