WILLIAM JAMES AND PAUL FEYERABEND

Both Feyerabend and James are pluralists, both are pragmatists. Feyerabend begins his career with his proposal of the “pragmatic theory of observation” and finishes with the defence of the pragmatic choice of ontology:

“the definition of what is real and what is ‘mere appearance’ (or what is objective and what is subjective) depends on what kind of life one wants to live” (Philosophy and Methodology of Military Intelligence: Correspondence with Paul Feyerabend).

For some discussion of Feyerabend’s ontology see my IS ONTOLOGY MAKING US STUPID? and FEYERABEND’S COSMOLOGICAL PLURALISM.

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One Response to WILLIAM JAMES AND PAUL FEYERABEND

  1. landzek says:

    I think the operative mistake of the quote is ‘want’. In reality we make sense wuth recourse to choice. That implies a ubiquitous unity in which we all Be.

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