Paul Feyerabend

1924 - 1994

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Paul Karl Feyerabend (German: [ˈfaɪɐˌʔaːbm̩t]; January 13, 1924 – February 11, 1994) was an Austrian philosopher best known for his work in the philosophy of science. He started his academic career as lecturer in the philosophy of science at the University of Bristol (1955–1958); afterwards, he moved to the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught for three decades (1958–1989). At various points in his life, he held joint appointments at the University College London (1967–1970), the London School of Economics (1967), the FU Berlin (1968), Yale University (1969), the University of Auckland (1972, 1975), the University of Sussex (1974), and, finally, the ETH Zurich (1980–1990). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Feyerabend has received more than 851,357 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Paul Feyerabend is the 225th most popular philosopher (down from 221st in 2019), the 112th most popular biography from Austria (down from 110th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Austrian Philosopher.

Paul Feyerabend is most famous for his work in the philosophy of science. He is considered one of the most influential philosophers of science of the 20th century. He is best known for his "anything goes" approach to science, which he summed up in his slogan "anything goes".

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Among philosophers, Paul Feyerabend ranks 225 out of 1,267Before him are Julius Evola, Josef Breuer, Cratylus, Bayazid Bastami, Nikolai Berdyaev, and Marsilius of Padua. After him are Vyasa, Benjamin Constant, Al-Jahiz, Arcesilaus, Carneades, and Roger Garaudy.

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Among people born in 1924, Paul Feyerabend ranks 18Before him are Jean-François Lyotard, Ezer Weizman, Jacques Le Goff, Benoit Mandelbrot, Lauren Bacall, and Sergei Parajanov. After him are Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Maurice Jarre, Benny Hill, Georges Charpak, Jovanka Broz, and Ramiz Alia. Among people deceased in 1994, Paul Feyerabend ranks 23Before him are Harry Nilsson, Melina Mercouri, Kurt Cobain, Mas Oyama, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and Léon Degrelle. After him are Jan Tinbergen, Dorothy Hodgkin, Guy Debord, Paul Delvaux, Telly Savalas, and Domenico Modugno.

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Among people born in Austria, Paul Feyerabend ranks 112 out of 1,424Before him are Rudolf IV, Duke of Austria (1339), Otto of Greece (1815), Maria Leopoldina of Austria (1797), Archduke Maximilian Francis of Austria (1756), Leopold, Duke of Lorraine (1679), and Dietrich Mateschitz (1944). After him are Karl von Frisch (1886), Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria (1883), Elisabeth of Austria, Queen of France (1554), Hans Asperger (1906), Maria Josepha of Austria (1699), and Nikola IV Zrinski (1508).


Among philosophers born in Austria, Paul Feyerabend ranks 5Before him are Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889), Karl Popper (1902), Martin Buber (1878), and Josef Breuer (1842). After him are Ivan Illich (1926), Otto Weininger (1880), Alfred Schütz (1899), Otto Neurath (1882), Karl Leonhard Reinhold (1757), André Gorz (1923), and Jean Améry (1912).