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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 816,870 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Paul Feyerabend is the 221st most popular philosopher (up from 223rd in 2019), the 110th most popular biography from Austria (down from 104th in 2019) and the 4th 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 221 out of 1,081Before him are Bias of Priene, Slavoj Žižek, Benedetto Croce, Miguel de Unamuno, Isaiah Berlin, and Baltasar Gracián. After him are Giorgio Agamben, Milarepa, Bernard Bolzano, Bayazid Bastami, Imre Lakatos, and Cratylus.

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Among people born in 1924, Paul Feyerabend ranks 18Before him are Jacques Le Goff, Jean-François Lyotard, Benny Hill, Black Dahlia, Benoit Mandelbrot, and Süleyman Demirel. After him are Lauren Bacall, Ramiz Alia, Maurice Jarre, Sergei Parajanov, Henry Mancini, and Mário Soares. Among people deceased in 1994, Paul Feyerabend ranks 20Before him are Giulietta Masina, Kurt Cobain, Léon Degrelle, Melina Mercouri, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and John Wayne Gacy. After him are Mas Oyama, Guy Debord, George Peppard, Dorothy Hodgkin, Henry Mancini, and Jan Tinbergen.

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Among people born in Austria, Paul Feyerabend ranks 110 out of 1,237Before him are Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928), Charles V, Duke of Lorraine (1643), Josef Strauss (1827), Hans Asperger (1906), Engelbert Dollfuss (1892), and Victor Francis Hess (1883). After him are Saint Florian (250), Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria (1746), Józef Poniatowski (1763), Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria (1743), Karl Polanyi (1886), and Rudolf IV, Duke of Austria (1339).


Among philosophers born in Austria, Paul Feyerabend ranks 4Before him are Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889), Karl Popper (1902), and Martin Buber (1878). After him are Josef Breuer (1842), Ivan Illich (1926), Otto Weininger (1880), Alfred Schütz (1899), Otto Neurath (1882), André Gorz (1923), Karl Leonhard Reinhold (1757), and Jean Améry (1912).