The Epistemological Anarchist and the Dadaist

Abstract

The article aims to use Feyerabend’s powerful analogy between the epistemological anarchist and the Dadaist in order to show something that has deeply characterized last century’s Western culture, and still characterizes it: an anarchistic attitude in epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics, and, above all, what seems to be its main cause, that is, the desertion of the notion of ideal, which means the desertion of the very foundation of Western culture.

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Notes

  1. 1.

    Feyerabend 1975, p. 189. He is making reference to Richter 1965.

  2. 2.

    Ibid. The square bracket is by Feyerabend.

  3. 3.

    Ibid.

  4. 4.

    Tzara 2001, here p. 299.

  5. 5.

    Ibid., p. 303.

  6. 6.

    Ibid., p. 301.

  7. 7.

    Ibid., p. 300.

  8. 8.

    Ibid., p. 302.

  9. 9.

    Feyerabend 1975, p. 189.

  10. 10.

    Ibid., p. 44.

  11. 11.

    Ibid., pp. 27–28.

  12. 12.

    Feyerabend 1987, p. 102.

  13. 13.

    Tzara 2001, op. cit., p. 298.

  14. 14.

    Ibid.

  15. 15.

    Ibid.

  16. 16.

    Ibid.

  17. 17.

    Ibid.

  18. 18.

    Ibid., p. 297.

  19. 19.

    Ibid., p. 301.

  20. 20.

    Ibid., p. 299.

  21. 21.

    Ibid., p. 301.

  22. 22.

    Ibid., p. 300.

  23. 23.

    Ibid., p. 302.

  24. 24.

    Ibid., p. 298.

  25. 25.

    Rorty 1982, p. 219.

  26. 26.

    Ibid.

  27. 27.

    Tzara 2001, op. cit., p. 302.

  28. 28.

    Ibid.

  29. 29.

    Ibid.

  30. 30.

    I shall work on the definition of the notion of ideal in § 5.

  31. 31.

    Ibid., p. 301.

  32. 32.

    Ibid.

  33. 33.

    Feyerabend 1975, p. 189.

  34. 34.

    In particular, see Plato 2008a, b, 2009.

  35. 35.

    In particular, see Kant 2000a, b.

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Chiodo, S. The Epistemological Anarchist and the Dadaist. Philosophia 47, 1379–1390 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11406-018-0049-8

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Keywords

  • Ideal
  • Epistemological anarchism
  • Dada
  • Feyerabend
  • Tzara