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Science Philosophy · 13 October 2011 ·

"I am not going to read your diatribe!"

Paul Feyerabend was one of Popper’s earliest students and followers, but soon turned to criticise Popper’s theories vigorously. Neither of them were shy of words when criticising colleagues’ works, nor would they try to conceal their criticism. Feyerabend recalls the following dialogue:

“‘I am not going to read your diatribe!’ Popper had shouted when he saw my [Paul Feyerabend’s – Antipattern] comments on his diatribe against Bohr. (He calmed down when I told him that many people had complained about my aggressive style and had ascribed it to his influence. ‘Is that so?’ he said, smiling, and walked away.)” (in: Feyerabend 1995, p. 146)

I’ll write a little more on Popper and Feyerabend soon…


Paul Feyerabend (1995), Killing time: the autobiography of Paul Feyerabend, University Of Chicago Press

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