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“The best education consists in immunizing people against systematic attempts at education.”
Paul Karl Feyerabend
“Teachers' using grades and the fear of failure mould the brains of the young until they have lost every ounce of imagination they might once have possessed.”
Paul Karl Feyerabend, Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge
“The separation of state and church must be complemented by the separation of state and science, that most recent, most aggressive, and most dogmatic religious institution.”
Paul Karl Feyerabend
“All religions are good 'in principle' - but unfortunately this abstract Good has only rarely prevented their practitioners from behaving like bastards.”
Paul Karl Feyerabend, Farewell to Reason
“Science is essentially an anarchic enterprise: theoretical anarchism is more humanitarian and more likely to encourage progress than its law-and-order alternatives.”
Paul Karl Feyerabend, Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge
“Without a constant misuse of language there cannot be any discovery, any progress”
Paul Karl Feyerabend, Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge
“An anarchist is like an undercover agent who plays the game of Reason in order to undercut the authority of Reason (Truth, Honesty, Justice and so on).”
Paul Karl Feyerabend, Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge
“A scientist, an artist, a citizen is not like a child who needs papa methodology and mama rationality to give him security and direction; he can take care of himself, for he is the inventor not only of laws, theories, pictures, plays, forms of music, ways of dealing with his fellow man, institutions but also of entire world views, he is the inventor of entire forms of life.”
Paul Karl Feyerabend, Science in a Free Society
“The only principle that does not inhibit progress is: anything goes.”
Paul Karl Feyerabend
“Somewhere among the commotion I grew rather depressed. The depression stayed with me for over a year; it was like an animal, a well-defined, spatially localizable thing. I would wake up, open my eyes, listen-is it here or isn’t it? No sign of it. Perhaps it’s asleep. Perhaps it will leave me alone today. Carefully, very carefully, I get out of bed. All is quiet. I go to the kitchen, start breakfast. Not a sound. TV-Good Morning America, David what’s-his-name, a guy I can’t stand. I eat and watch the guests. Slowly the food fills my stomach and gives me strength. Now a quick excursion to the bathroom, and out for my morning walk-and here she is, my faithful depression: “Did you think you could leave without me?" I had often warned my students not to identify with their work. I told them, “if you want to achieve something, if you want to write a book, paint a picture, be sure that the center of your existence if somewhere else and that it’s solidly grounded; only then will you be able to keep your cool and laugh at the attacks that are bound to come." I myself had followed this advice in the past, but now I was alone, sick with some unknown affliction; my private life was in a mess, and I was without a defense. I often wished I had never written that fucking book.”
Paul Karl Feyerabend, Killing Time: The Autobiography of Paul Feyerabend
“Progress has always been achieved by probing well-entrenched and well-founded forms of life with unpopular and unfounded values. This is how man gradually freed himself from fear and from the tyranny of unexamined systems.”
Paul Karl Feyerabend, Problems of Empiricism: Philosophical Papers: Problems of Empiricism v. 2 (Philosophical Papers
“We need a dream-world in order to discover the features of the real world we think we inhabit.”
Paul Karl Feyerabend, Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge
“My intention is not to replace one set of general rules by another such set: my intention is, rather, to convince the reader that all methodologies, even the most obvious ones, have their limits. The best way to show this is to demonstrate the limits and even the irrationality of some rules which she, or he, is likely to regard as basic. In the case that induction (including induction by falsification) this means demonstrating how well the counterinductive procedure can be supported by argument.”
Paul Karl Feyerabend, Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge


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