Why did Feyerabend Defend Astrology? Integrity, Virtue, and the Authority of Science

Social Epistemology 30 (4):464-482 (2016)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between epistemic integrity, virtue, and authority by offering a virtue epistemological reading of the defences of non-scientific beliefs, practices, and traditions in the writings of Paul Feyerabend. I argue that there was a robust epistemic rationale for those defences and that it can inform contemporary reflection on the epistemic authority of the sciences. Two common explanations of the purpose of those defences are rejected as lacking textual support. A third “pluralist” reading is judged more persuasive, but found to be incomplete, owing to a failure to accommodate Feyerabend’s focus upon the integrity of scientists and the authority of science. I therefore suggest that the defences are more fully understood as defences of the epistemic integrity of scientists that take the form of critical exposures of failures by scientists to act with integrity. An appeal is made to contemporary virtue epistemology that clarifies Feyerabend’s implicit association of epistemic...

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 76,419

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Was Sir William Crookes epistemically virtuous?Ian James Kidd - 2014 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 48:67-74.
The Epistemic Integrity of Scientific Research.Jan De Winter & Laszlo Kosolosky - 2013 - Science and Engineering Ethics 19 (3):757-774.
The Epistemic Integrity of Scientific Research.Jan Winter & Laszlo Kosolosky - 2013 - Science and Engineering Ethics 19 (3):757-774.
Could Integrity Be An Epistemic Virtue?Greg Scherkoske - 2012 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 20 (2):185-215.
The abundant world: Paul Feyerabend's metaphysics of science.Matthew J. Brown - 2016 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 57:142-154.
Undignified bioethics.Alasdair Cochrane - 2010 - Bioethics 24 (5):234-241.
A Defense of Epistemic Authority.Linda Zagzebski - 2013 - Res Philosophica 90 (2):293-306.
Integrity and Self-Protection.Carolyn McLeod - 2004 - Journal of Social Philosophy 35 (2):216–232.
Integrity and the Emotions.Jane Ellen Reid - 1998 - Dissertation, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Analytics

Added to PP
2015-10-31

Downloads
97 (#129,275)

6 months
7 (#117,875)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Ian James Kidd
Nottingham University

Citations of this work

Paul Feyerabend.John Preston - 2008 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Was Feyerabend a Postmodernist?Ian James Kidd - 2016 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 30 (1):55-68.
A Pluralism Worth Having: Feyerabend's Well-Ordered Science.Jamie Shaw - 2018 - Dissertation, University of Western Ontario

Add more citations

References found in this work

Personal Knowledge.Michael Polanyi - 1958 - Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Against Method.Paul Feyerabend - 1975 - London: New Left Books.
The Tacit Dimension. --.Michael Polanyi & Amartya Sen - 1966 - Chicago, IL: University of Chicago.
Is Water H2O? Evidence, Realism and Pluralism.Hasok Chang - 2012 - Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science.

View all 32 references / Add more references