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Conquest of abundance

Journal Article


Abstract


  • It is said that 'Variety is the spice of life' - and if Feyerabend were to

    have his way this motto would be readily adopted by philosophers

    when approaching questions of reality. We live in a rich and varied

    world, which is, ". . . abundant beyond our wildest imagination" (p.

    3). Yet this goes generally unnoticed, due to our concern to sift

    'reality' from 'appearance' and 'essence' from 'accident'. Once we

    begin to employ such simple dichotomies as these, instead of

    recognising and tolerantly respecting various genuine alternatives

    among those possible for living, thinking about and engaging with

    things, we misrepresent the nature of the world and our relation to it.

    In the hope of developing a single, uniform account of things, we

    disregard all that will not fit with it or reduce to it. Although this is

    often billed as progress towards the 'real', it is in fact nothing but a

    bias in favour of one way of seeing things over others. It constitutes a

    self-imposed blindness, which is not only na|«ve but dangerous and

    oppressive. These are the central messages of Feyerabend's final book,

    which is a weaving together of two of his unfinished manuscripts that

    expand on themes and case studies explored in a number of his earlier

    articles, several of which are republished in the volume.

Publication Date


  • 2002

Citation


  • Hutto, D. D. (2002). Conquest of abundance. Philosophical Investigations, 25 (4), 365-370.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/727

Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 365

End Page


  • 370

Volume


  • 25

Issue


  • 4

Abstract


  • It is said that 'Variety is the spice of life' - and if Feyerabend were to

    have his way this motto would be readily adopted by philosophers

    when approaching questions of reality. We live in a rich and varied

    world, which is, ". . . abundant beyond our wildest imagination" (p.

    3). Yet this goes generally unnoticed, due to our concern to sift

    'reality' from 'appearance' and 'essence' from 'accident'. Once we

    begin to employ such simple dichotomies as these, instead of

    recognising and tolerantly respecting various genuine alternatives

    among those possible for living, thinking about and engaging with

    things, we misrepresent the nature of the world and our relation to it.

    In the hope of developing a single, uniform account of things, we

    disregard all that will not fit with it or reduce to it. Although this is

    often billed as progress towards the 'real', it is in fact nothing but a

    bias in favour of one way of seeing things over others. It constitutes a

    self-imposed blindness, which is not only na|«ve but dangerous and

    oppressive. These are the central messages of Feyerabend's final book,

    which is a weaving together of two of his unfinished manuscripts that

    expand on themes and case studies explored in a number of his earlier

    articles, several of which are republished in the volume.

Publication Date


  • 2002

Citation


  • Hutto, D. D. (2002). Conquest of abundance. Philosophical Investigations, 25 (4), 365-370.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/727

Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 365

End Page


  • 370

Volume


  • 25

Issue


  • 4