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Misunderstanding John Stuart Mill on science: Paul Feyerabend`s bad influence

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posted on 2024-06-17, 03:59 authored by S Jacobs
Feyerabend, 1975; Feyerabend, 1981 and Feyerabend, 1987 takes J. S. Mill’s On Liberty to support the proliferation of theories in science and to emphasize the fallibility of scientific knowledge. On Liberty, according to Feyerabend, contradicts and overthrows Mill’s major study of science, A System of Logic. Staley (1999) reads the 2 works of Mill as giving complementary accounts of science. The present author rejects these interpretations of Mill, arguing that A System of Logic and On Liberty are mutually compatible since On Liberty concerns the nature of non-scientific knowledge and the methods that Mill believes are appropriate to expanding and assessing that knowledge.

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Journal

Social science journal

Volume

40

Pagination

201-212

Location

Greenwich, Conn.

ISSN

0362-3319

eISSN

1873-5355

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2003, Elsevier Science Inc.

Issue

2

Publisher

JAI Press

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