Paul Feyerabend

1924 - 1994

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Paul Karl Feyerabend (; German: [ˈfaɪɐˌʔaːbn̩t]; January 13, 1924 – February 11, 1994) 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). At various points in his life, he lived in England, the United States, New Zealand, Italy, Germany, and finally Switzerland. His major works include Against Method (1975), Science in a Free Society (1978) and Farewell to Reason (1987). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Feyerabend has received more than 591,764 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia. Paul Feyerabend is the 223rd most popular philosopher (down from 216th in 2019), the 104th most popular biography from Austria (down from 99th in 2019) and the 6th 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 223 out of 1,089Before him are Hasan al-Basri, Hippias, Imre Lakatos, Gaston Bachelard, Diotima of Mantinea, and Joseph de Maistre. After him are Hippasus, Julia Kristeva, Slavoj Žižek, Franz Brentano, Chilon of Sparta, and Celsus.

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Among people born in 1924, Paul Feyerabend ranks 18Before him are Sarah Vaughan, Süleyman Demirel, Benoit Mandelbrot, Jacques Le Goff, Black Dahlia, and Lauren Bacall. After him are Ramiz Alia, Benny Hill, Maurice Jarre, Henry Mancini, Sergei Parajanov, and Lys Assia. Among people deceased in 1994, Paul Feyerabend ranks 19Before him are Burt Lancaster, Kurt Cobain, Giulietta Masina, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Mas Oyama, and Léon Degrelle. After him are George Peppard, Guy Debord, Jan Tinbergen, Melina Mercouri, Henry Mancini, and John Wayne Gacy.

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Among people born in Austria, Paul Feyerabend ranks 104 out of 1,075Before him are Sándor Márai (1900), Margaret of Austria, Queen of Spain (1584), Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928), Archduke Otto of Austria (1865), Maximilian Schell (1930), and Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1906). After him are Paula Hitler (1896), Christoph Waltz (1956), Baroness Mary Vetsera (1871), Charles V, Duke of Lorraine (1643), Archduchess Sophie of Austria (1855), and Émile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865).


Among philosophers born in Austria, Paul Feyerabend ranks 6Before him are Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889), Karl Popper (1902), Emil Cioran (1911), Martin Buber (1878), and Josef Breuer (1842). After him are Ivan Illich (1926), Otto Weininger (1880), Alfred Schütz (1899), Otto Neurath (1882), André Gorz (1923), and Karl Leonhard Reinhold (1757).