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Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education

Feyerabend’s Epistemological Anarchism

How Science Works and its Importance for Science Education

Authors: Niaz, Mansoor

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  • Makes clear that scientists can accept a hypothesis despite empirical evidence to the contrary
  • Proves that history of science needs to become an inseparable part of the science itself
  • Illustrates how methodological pluralism can lead to powerful epistemological perspectives
  • Relates how the science education community conceptualizes Feyerabend’s epistemological anarchism
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This book argues that the traditional image of Feyerabend is erroneous and that, contrary to common belief, he was a great admirer of science. It shows how Feyerabend presented a vision of science that represented how science really works. Besides giving a theoretical framework based on Feyerabend´s philosophy of science, the book offers criteria that can help readers to evaluate and understand research reported in important international science education journals, with respect to Feyerabend’s epistemological anarchism. The book includes an evaluation of general chemistry and physics textbooks.

Most science curricula and textbooks provide the following advice to students: Do not allow theories in contradiction with observations, and all scientific theories must be formulated inductively based on experimental facts. Feyerabend questioned this widely prevalent premise of science education in most parts of the world, and in contrast gave the following advice: Scientists can accept a hypothesis despite experimental evidence to the contrary and scientific theories are not always consistent with all the experimental data. No wonder Feyerabend became a controversial philosopher and was considered to be against rationalism and anti-science. Recent research in philosophy of science, however, has shown that most of Feyerabend´s philosophical ideas are in agreement with recent trends in the 21st century. Of the 120 articles from science education journals, evaluated in this book only 9% recognized that Feyerabend was presenting a plurality of perspectives based on how science really works. Furthermore, it has been shown that Feyerabend could even be considered as a perspectival realist. Among other aspects, Feyerabend emphasized that in order to look for breakthroughs in science one does not have to be complacent about the truth of the theories but rather has to look for opportunities to “break rules” or “violate categories.”

 Mansoor Niaz carefully analyses references to Feyerabend in the literature and displays the importance of Feyerabend’s philosophy in analyzing, historical episodes. Niaz shows through this remarkable book a deep understanding to the essence of science. - Calvin Kalman, Concordia University, Canada

 In this book Mansoor Niaz explores the antecedents, context and features of Feyerabend’s work and offers a more-nuanced understanding, then reviews and considers its reception in the science education and philosophy of science literature. This is a valuable contribution to scholarship about Feyerabend, with the potential to inform further research as well as science education practice.-  David Geelan, Griffith University, Australia


About the authors

Mansoor Niaz is Professor of Science Education at the Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela. His research interests include the application of history, philosophy of science and cognitive psychology to science education. He has published over 150 articles in international refereed journals and 8 books in the last five years by international publishers.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction: Exploring Epistemological Anarchism

    Pages 1-22

    Niaz, Mansoor

  • Epistemological Anarchism and How Science Works

    Pages 23-38

    Niaz, Mansoor

  • Understanding Epistemological Anarchism (Feyerabend) in Research Reported in the Journal Science & Education (Springer)

    Pages 39-69

    Niaz, Mansoor

  • Understanding Epistemological Anarchism (Feyerabend) in Research Reported in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (Wiley-Blackwell)

    Pages 71-79

    Niaz, Mansoor

  • Understanding Epistemological Anarchism (Feyerabend) in Research Reported in the Journal Interchange (Springer)

    Pages 81-96

    Niaz, Mansoor

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eBook 71,68 €
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 88,39 €
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Softcover 62,39 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Feyerabend’s Epistemological Anarchism
Book Subtitle
How Science Works and its Importance for Science Education
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education
Series Volume
50
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-36859-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-36859-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-36858-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-36861-6
Series ISSN
1878-0482
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 224
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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