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Son of a civil servant and a seamstress. Advanced to Lieutenant. The bullet damaged his spinal nerves. Soon transferred to physics. First article, on the concept of illustration in modern physics, published.

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Shelves: biography , philosophy This is a slim volume, barely pages, but it charts an awesome spiritual odyssee. Paul Feyerabend - enfant terrible of late 20th century philosophy - looked ruthlessly in the mirror and painted an unadorned picture of himself.

At the end of his life, he painfully recognised that its course had been shaped by absences, rather than by specific events or, for that matter, ideas: absence of purpose, of content, of a focused interest, absence of moral character, absence of warmth and of social This is a slim volume, barely pages, but it charts an awesome spiritual odyssee. At the end of his life, he painfully recognised that its course had been shaped by absences, rather than by specific events or, for that matter, ideas: absence of purpose, of content, of a focused interest, absence of moral character, absence of warmth and of social relationships.

And eventually, a woman came and set things right. In he met the Italian physicist Grazia Borrini for the first time.

Five years later they married. His relationship with Mrs. It is a delight to read his rapt eulogies on the companion of the last decade of his life, on his most fortunate discovery of true love and friendship. The central role in life of love and friendship is one of them. Without these "even the noblest achievements and the most fundamental principles remain pale, empty and dangerous" p. Yet, Feyerabend clearly wants us to see that this love "is a gift, not an achievement" p.

It is something which is subjected neither to the intellect, nor to the will, but is the result of a fortunate constellation of circumstances. Yet, it is only in the context of a moral character - something which Feyerabend confesses to having only acquired a trace of after a long life and the good fortune of having met Grazia - that ethical categories such as guilt, responsibility and obligation acquire a meaning. Contrary to someone like Karl Kraus, Feyerabend seems to think that men, at least as long as they have not acquired moral character, are morally neutral, whilst ideas are not.

A question which remains, of course, is who is to be held responsible for intellectual aberrations and intentional obfuscation if this character is only to be acquired by an act of grace, an accidental constellation of circumstances.

There is an enigmatic passage in the autobiography which may shed light on this important problem. They may even form a solid platform, thus creating an illusion of universality, security, and permanence.

Yet the security and the permanence can be swept away by the powers that permitted them to arise.

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Shelves: biography , philosophy This is a slim volume, barely pages, but it charts an awesome spiritual odyssee. Paul Feyerabend - enfant terrible of late 20th century philosophy - looked ruthlessly in the mirror and painted an unadorned picture of himself. At the end of his life, he painfully recognised that its course had been shaped by absences, rather than by specific events or, for that matter, ideas: absence of purpose, of content, of a focused interest, absence of moral character, absence of warmth and of social This is a slim volume, barely pages, but it charts an awesome spiritual odyssee. At the end of his life, he painfully recognised that its course had been shaped by absences, rather than by specific events or, for that matter, ideas: absence of purpose, of content, of a focused interest, absence of moral character, absence of warmth and of social relationships.

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Killing Time is his autobiography, completed shortly before his death last year. It has an unusual feel to it: it is serious but lighthearted in tone, very personal and at the same time unemotional and "objective". Here is an example: Paul Meehl was interested in the mind-body problem and in the relation between theory and experiment. The positivists favored an "upward seepage" of meaning, as Meehl called it: observation statements which we put at the bottom of our diagrams are meaningful; theoretical statements, taken by themselves, are not but receive meaning via logical links that tie them to observation statements. Continuing the drift of my paper I argued then that meaning travels in the opposite direction. Sensedata in and for themselves have no meaning; they just are.

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