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Conquest of Abundance: A Tale of Abstraction versus the Richness of Being

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From flea bites to galaxies, from love affairs to shadows, Paul Feyerabend reveled in the sensory and intellectual abundance that surrounds us. He found it equally striking that human senses and human intelligence are able to take in only a fraction of these riches. "This a blessing, not a drawback," he writes. "A superconscious organism would not be superwise, it would be ...more
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Published May 1st 2001 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1999)
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Omar Ali
Dec 17, 2013 Omar Ali rated it really liked it
The philosopher of science and contrarian anarchist thinker, Paul Feyerabend, was born in Austria in 1924 and died in 1994. At the time of his death, he was working on a book tentatively titled "conquest of abundance". In his autobiography "killing time", he said of this book:
"The book is intended to show how specialists and common people reduce the abundance that surrounds and confuses them, and the consequences of their actions...I also try to emphasize the essential ambiguity of all concepts.
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Rob
this book is filled with 4-star ideas, and several times i could feel him stretching out and almost touching a 5-star epiphany. so close. unfortunately, Feyerabend died while writing it, leaving a half-finished manuscript, and no clear instructions what to do with it. his wife let one of his admirers cobble together this book in two parts. the first part is the unfinished manuscript, and the second is twelve previously published short essays on themes introduced in part one. but the result is th ...more
Dani Schechtel
Jan 26, 2014 Dani Schechtel rated it it was amazing
INCREÍBLE este libro. Fue como la contraparte escrita de una enseñanza DESMESURADA que tuve el último año, y que voy sintiendo en mi experiencia recién hace menos de un mes: el universo es un caos de acontecimientos y personas únicos, y que a cada problema hay que mirarlo en sí mismo, sin abstraerse a ninguna fórmula ni modelo; no existe el Hombre, existe cada tipo en particular; no existe la Mujer, existe cada tipa en particular.
La conquista de la abundancia hace referencia a eso: a reconquist
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Nov 17, 2013 Matt rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone, especially philosophers, artists, scientists
What struck me in re-reading this book is the depth, subtlety, and power of the set of METAPHYSICAL views in the book and related essays. It turned the paper I was writing from one about the relation of science and democracy really into a paper on the metaphysics of science.

Feyerabend's picture is one where science is disunified in results and method. The so-called "scientific world-view" of materialism is a fiction or a prediction about some future results of science, not a consequence of scie
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Paul Karl Feyerabend was an Austrian-born philosopher of science best known for his work as a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked for three decades (1958–1989).

His life was a peripatetic one, as he lived at various times in England, the United States, New Zealand, Italy, Germany, and finally Switzerland. His major works include Against Method (publis
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