A review and a link to other reviews of Killing Time by Paul Feyerabend. PAUL FEYERABEND. Killing Time. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, , cloth $ Robert Nola. Department of Philosophy. University of Auckland. Killing Timeis the story of Paul Feyerabend’s life. Killing Time Paul Feyerabend – – Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 23 (1):3 –

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Nils Holtug – – The Journal of Ethics 15 3: Kiling is the man, rather than the thought that is presented at the fore of this book. Mar 01, Raisi rated it it was amazing. Occupation and War 5. Eduard rated it liked it Jan 03, That, at any rate, is my overall impression and needless to say there are obvious exceptions, at least on the goodreads site.

Contrary to someone like Karl Kraus, Feyerabend seems to think that men, at least as long as they have not acquired moral character, are morally neutral, whilst ideas are not. At the end of his life, he painfully recognised that its course had been shaped by absences, rather than by specific events or, for that matter, ideas: Trained in physics and astronomy, Feyerabend was best known as a philosopher of science.

As well as who he was dating at the time and when the different events happened. University and Early Travels 7. Much has been written about Feyerabend.

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Paul Karl Feyerabend 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 — Brighton, Kassel, and Zurich Again, I wish he had had more time to finish the book He recalls his promising talent as an operatic tenor a lifelong passionhis encounters with everyone from Martin Buber to Bertolt Brecht, innumerable love affairs, four marriages, and a career so rich he once held tenured positions at four universities at the same time.

His autobiography is a lark, chock full of intellectual passion and high spirits. Trained in physics and astronomy, Feyerabend was best known as a philosopher of science. The book, then, feels sometimes like a fryerabend diary entry, a series of illuminating vignettes rather than one overarching story.

Killing Time by Paul Feyerabend.

I suspect if he seems like an odd thinker it is partly because he takes from so many places. There is an enigmatic passage in the autobiography which may shed light on this important problem. Nov 21, Otto Lehto rated it liked it.

Killing Time: The Autobiography of Paul Feyerabend by Paul Karl Feyerabend

They don’t read, they don’t go to theatre or engage in philosophical argument. For me the German occupation and the war that followed were an inconvenience, not a moral problem, and my reactions came from accidental moods and circumstances, not from a well-defined outlook. In he was severely injured, leaving him “on crutches since Theodore Sider – – Philosophical Studies 2: Haroon Agha rated it it was amazing Nov 19, Upon receiving his doctorate in he applied to study under Wittgenstein in England.


After Austria was annexed by Germany Feyerabend volunteered for officers’ school, in the hope that by the time he was finished with his training the war would be over. killinh

We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. Among his teachers feyerahend Hans Thirring and the controversial Felix Ehrenhaft, whose contentious approach to the established scientific order were a lasting influence on Feyerabend’s thinking.


Precocious and an excellent student, Feyerabend read widely, keenly interested in literature, drama, science and especially opera. Here, for the first time, Feyerabend traces the trajectory that led him from an isolated, lower-middle-class childhood in Vienna to the height of international academic success. Paperbackpages. And eventually, a woman came and set things right. This article is about the Paul Feyerabend autobiography.

Feyerabend writes frankly of complicated relationships with his mentor Karl Popper and his friend and frequent opponent Imre Lakatos, and his reactions to a growing reputation as the “worst oilling of science.

It’s not a great book, nor is it greatly written, strangely enough. Miray rated it really liked it Apr 02,