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Darwin-L Message Log 7:17 (March 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<7:17>From TREMONT%UCSFVM.BITNET@KU9000.CC.UKANS.EDU  Tue Mar  8 17:05:56 1994

Date: Tue, 08 Mar 1994 14:48:00 -0800 (PST)
From: "Elihu M. Gerson" <TREMONT%UCSFVM.BITNET@KU9000.CC.UKANS.EDU>
Subject: Re: Paul Feyerabend dies in Geneva
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

On Tue, 08 Mar 1994 16:31:38 -0600 <Kim.Sterelny@vuw.ac.nz> said:

>... sentimental and respectful noises are being made about {Feyerabend,] who
>advocated, as seriously as he advocated anything, chairs in astrology and
>no doubt, in creation science or crystal medicine too.
>
>Count me out.
>
>Kim Sterelny
>Philosophy
>Victoria University of Wellington

It's amazing that critics of the One True Way cannot even be allowed
to die in peace. Feyerabend made a major contribution by criticising
the defects in philosophy of science. Most importantly, he held (in a
hostile time) that novelty and discovery are important and interesting
phenomena, worth doing and worthy of study. For that, he deserves respect and
gratitude.

Elihu M. Gerson
Tremont Research Institute
458 29 Street
San Francisco, CA 94131
415-285-7837  tremont@ucsfvm.ucsf.edu

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