Feyerabend on “the sanctity of the folly of the individual”

‘I also read, in Hacking, that for Foucault “individuals matter less to knowledge than the discourse in which they participate” which is ‘entirely against my grain, absolutely and for ever. The individual comes first, even if this means the breakdown of understanding. So I really must review Foucault – keep him for me. And I shall review him together with Sir Karl because both these bastards seem to go against the sanctity of the folly of the individual … I shall review Foucault and Sir Karl together as enemies of the individual (and, naturally, of Good Science)’.(Feyerabend, letter to Lakatos, dated 23 June 1972, quoted from FOR AND AGAINST METHOD).

Ian Hacking comments: “In the end, Feyerabend reviewed only Popper, and I suspect he never read Foucault, who is also something of an icon for the sanctity of the folly of individuals, indeed for the sanctity even of the madness of individuals such as Antonin Artaud”.

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