In: Organon F, vol. 27, no. 3
Rok, strany: 2020, 302 - 324
Alternative theories; methodological anarchism; Nelson Goodman; Paul Feyerabend; philosophy of science; theory of symbols; worldmaking; world-versions.
Typ článku: Research Article
The main purpose of this paper is to compare two pluralistic approaches to knowledge, Goodman’s theory of worldmaking and Feyerabend’s methodological anarchism. It therefore examines firstly, the concept of world-versions, which according to Goodman create our worlds and at the same time are crucial for achieving a better understanding of reality; and secondly, the concept of alter- native theories which are built upon pluralism and, according to Feyerabend, secure knowledge and make scientific progress possible. Feyerabend’s concept has been rejected by many, seemingly for its lack of limitations. In line with this argument, I propose that based on the comparison of these two pluralistic approaches, the alternative theories can be understood as a part of worldmaking, for Goodman’s theory has wider applicability since it encompasses not only science but also art. Furthermore, I suggest adopting Goodman’s principle of rightness, the criterion of functionality in his worldmaking, as a criterion within Feyerabend’s methodological anarchism when establishing the prevailing theory. It is to be expected that such a juxtaposition will uncover inconsistencies, in particular regarding boundless relativism and the vague terminology in both conceptions.
Fišerová, N. 2020. Feyerabend’s Alternative Theories within Goodman’s Worldmaking. In Organon F, vol. 27, no.3, pp. 302-324. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2020.27302
Fišerová, N. (2020). Feyerabend’s Alternative Theories within Goodman’s Worldmaking. Organon F, 27(3), 302-324. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2020.27302
Vydavateľ: Filozofický ústav SAV, Filosofický ústav AVČR
Publikované: 6. 8. 2020
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