On 08 Sep 2013, at 22:39, Alberto G. Corona wrote:

Feyerabend made the best analysis of the endavour of Galileo in his fight for the truth. No other presented the intellectual work of Galileo in his gigantic intelectual dimension that was, more even than the case of Einstenin and Feyerabend presented it as no one before. Having studied and put clear all the reasoning steps of Galileo in relation with their Aristotelian opponents and extracted invaluable lessons for the methodology of science I think that Feyerabend deserve some respect , you idiot. Please abstain from insults and disqualifications unless you have enough knowledge of the case and present your arguments.


Despite I do not like very much Feyerabend, and disgaree with its overal philosophy of science, I do agree with him on Galileo. Perhaps by chance or opportunity, the church was correct when asking Galileo to admit that he was presenting a theory, not a certainty. Galileo was blinded by its Aristotelianistic feeling and accepted only for the form. Of course he should have asked the Church to do the same, but that would have been dangerous for him. (And this points on another problem to judge philosophers in obscurantist period, they often hide or disguise their ideas).

Bruno





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On Sat, Sep 7, 2013 at 6:48 PM, <spudboy...@aol.com> wrote:


> Yes, your reading Feyerabend, suggests that [...]

Speaking of things that give philosophy a bad name consider these words of wisdom from Feyerabend:

"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."

No doubt there are those on this list who will try to make excuses for the above moronic statement, but the fact remains that most professional philosophers think any provocative statement can make them stand out no matter how dimwitted it is.

  John K Clark




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