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John Preston - Author

About the Author

John Preston is a former Arts Editor of the Evening Standard and the Sunday Telegraph. For ten years he was the Sunday Telegraph's television critic and one of its chief feature writers. He is the author of a travel book and four novels. His most recent novel, The Dig, was published to great acclaim in 2007.

Featured books by John Preston

A Very English Scandal Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment

A Very English Scandal Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment

Author: John Preston Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2016

The shocking true story of the first British politician to stand trial for murder Behind oak-panelled doors in the House of Commons, men with cut-glass accents and gold signet rings are conspiring to murder. It's the late 1960s and homosexuality has only just been legalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, has a secret he's desperate to hide. As long as Norman Scott, his beautiful, unstable lover is around, Thorpe's brilliant career is at risk. With the help of his fellow politicians, Thorpe schemes, deceives, embezzles - until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good. The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed our society forever: it was the moment the British public discovered the truth about its political class. Illuminating the darkest secrets of the Establishment, the Thorpe affair revealed such breath-taking deceit and corruption in an entire section of British society that, at the time, hardly anyone dared believe it could be true.

Other books by John Preston

Grenfell Tower Preparedness, Race and Disaster Capitalism

Grenfell Tower Preparedness, Race and Disaster Capitalism

Author: John Preston Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/08/2018

The Grenfell Tower fire of June 2017 is one of the most tragic political events in British history. This book argues that preparedness for disasters has always been designed in the interests of the State and Capital rather than citizens. This was exemplified by the `stay put' strategy at Grenfell Tower which has historically been used to socially control racialised working class groups in a disaster. `Stay put', where fire safety is compromised along with strategic ambiguity, probabilistically eliminates these groups. Grenfell Tower is a purposive part of `Disaster Capitalism', an asocial racial and class eliminationism, where populations have become unvalorisable and disposable. We have reached a point where even the ruling class are fleeing from the disasters and chaos they have inflicted on the world, retreating to their billionaire bunkers. This timely book will be of interest to sociologists, social theorists and activists in understanding the racialised, classed and capitalist nature of contemporary disasters.

Competence Based Education and Training (CBET) and the End of Human Learning The Existential Threat of Competency

Competence Based Education and Training (CBET) and the End of Human Learning The Existential Threat of Competency

Author: John Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2018

This book radically counters the optimism sparked by Competence Based Education and Training, an educational philosophy that has re-emerged in Schooling, Vocational and Higher Education in the last decade. CBET supposedly offers a new type of learning that will lead to skilled employment; here, Preston instead presents the competency movement as one which makes the concept of human learning redundant. Starting with its origins in Taylorism, the slaughterhouse and radical behaviourism, the book charts the history of competency education to its position as a global phenomenon today, arguing that competency is opposed to ideas of process, causality and analog human movement that are fundamental to human learning.

A Very English Scandal Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment TV Tie-In

A Very English Scandal Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment TV Tie-In

Author: John Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2018

The shocking true story of the first British politician to stand trial for murder Behind oak-panelled doors in the House of Commons, men with cut-glass accents and gold signet rings are conspiring to murder. It's the late 1960s and homosexuality has only just been legalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, has a secret he's desperate to hide. As long as Norman Scott, his beautiful, unstable lover is around, Thorpe's brilliant career is at risk. With the help of his fellow politicians, Thorpe schemes, deceives, embezzles - until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good.

Integrated Transport Policy Implications for Regulation and Competition

Integrated Transport Policy Implications for Regulation and Competition

Author: John Preston Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/12/2017

This title was first published in 2000. With an emphasis on land-based passenger transport - particularly rail and road - this collection assesses the implications for regulation and competition of integrated transport policies. Contributions to the volume trace the evolution of transport policy, focus on the pricing of infrastructure, examine the effectiveness of competition and the adequacy of the regulatory framework in the United Kingdom.

Competence Based Education and Training (CBET) and the End of Human Learning The Existential Threat of Competency

Competence Based Education and Training (CBET) and the End of Human Learning The Existential Threat of Competency

Author: John Preston Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/05/2017

This book radically counters the optimism sparked by Competence Based Education and Training, an educational philosophy that has re-emerged in Schooling, Vocational and Higher Education in the last decade. CBET supposedly offers a new type of learning that will lead to skilled employment; here, Preston instead presents the competency movement as one which makes the concept of human learning redundant. Starting with its origins in Taylorism, the slaughterhouse and radical behaviourism, the book charts the history of competency education to its position as a global phenomenon today, arguing that competency is opposed to ideas of process, causality and analog human movement that are fundamental to human learning.

A Very English Scandal Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment: Now a Major BBC Series Starring Hugh Grant

A Very English Scandal Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment: Now a Major BBC Series Starring Hugh Grant

Author: John Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

The shocking true story of the first British politician to stand trial for murder Behind oak-panelled doors in the House of Commons, men with cut-glass accents and gold signet rings are conspiring to murder. It's the late 1960s and homosexuality has only just been legalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, has a secret he's desperate to hide. As long as Norman Scott, his beautiful, unstable lover is around, Thorpe's brilliant career is at risk. With the help of his fellow politicians, Thorpe schemes, deceives, embezzles - until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good.

Very English Scandal

Very English Scandal

Author: John Preston Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2016

A behind-the-scenes look at the desperate, scandalous private life of a British MP and champion manipulator, and the history-making trial that exposed his dirty secretsAs a member of Parliament and leader of the Liberal Party in the 1960s and '70s, Jeremy Thorpe's bad behavior went under the radar for years. Police and politicians alike colluded to protect one of their own. In 1970, Thorpe was the most popular and charismatic politician in the country, poised to hold the balance of power in a coalition government.But Jeremy Thorpe was a man with a secret. His homosexual affairs and harassment of past partners, along with his propensity for lying and embezzlement, only escalated as he evaded punishment. That is, until a dark night on the moor with an ex-lover, a dog, and a hired gun led to consequences that even his charm and power couldn't help him escape. Dubbed the "e;Trial of the Century,"e; Thorpe's climactic case at the Old Bailey in London was the first time that a leading British politician had stood trial on a murder charge, and the first time that a murder plot had been hatched in the House of Commons. And it was the first time that a prominent public figure had been exposed as a philandering gay man in an era when homosexuality had only just become legal. With the pace and drama of a thriller, A Very English Scandal is an extraordinary story of hypocrisy, deceit, and betrayal at the heart of the British establishment.

City Evacuations: An Interdisciplinary Approach

City Evacuations: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Author: John Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2016

Evacuating a city is a complex problem that involves issues of governance, preparedness education, warning, information sharing, population dynamics, resilience and recovery. As natural and anthropogenic threats to cities grow, it is an increasingly pressing problem for policy makers and practitioners. The book is the result of a unique interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers in the physical and social sciences to consider how an interdisciplinary approach can help plan for large scale evacuations. It draws on perspectives from physics, mathematics, organisation theory, economics, sociology and education. Importantly it goes beyond disciplinary boundaries and considers how interdisciplinary methods are necessary to approach a complex problem involving human actors and increasingly complex communications and transportation infrastructures. Using real world case studies and modelling the book considers new approaches to evacuation dynamics. It addresses questions of complexity, not only in terms of theory, but examining the latest challenges for cities and emergency responders. Factors such as social media, information quality and visualisation techniques are examined to consider the `new' dynamics of warning and informing, evacuation and recovery.

Dig

Dig

Author: John Preston Format: eBook Release Date: 05/04/2016

Reimagining the Sutton Hoo dig, the greatest Anglo-Saxon archaeological discovery on British soil, John Preston brilliantly dramatizes three months of intense activity on a small estate when locals fought outsiders, professionals thwarted amateurs, and love and rivalry flourished in equal measure.In the long hot summer of 1939, Britain is preparing for war, but on a riverside farm in Suffolk there is excitement of another kind. Mrs. Pretty, a widowed farmer, has had her hunch proved correct that the strange mounds on her land hold buried treasure. As an archaeological dig proceeds against a background of mounting national anxiety, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary find, and the discovery leads to a host of jealousies and tensions.Elegantly crafted with great tenderness and a poignant attention to detail, The Dig is more than a novel about archaeology. At its very core, this is a novel about the traces of life we all leave behind.

Ein Fest fur den Meister

Ein Fest fur den Meister

Author: John Preston Format: eBook Release Date: 27/03/2015

Uber eine ungewohnliche Annonce sucht ein Meister nach willigen Sklaven fur eine exklusive S/M-Party - und sie melden sich zuhauf: Da ist etwa Carl, ein ehemaliger Marine und Stiefellecker, oder Christopher, ein bisexueller Bodybuilder, der ohne zu zogern auf seinem Geschaftspapier die Antwort verfasst. Doch bevor sie die Ehre haben, dem Meister zu dienen, mussen sie eindringlich befragt und inspiziert werden ...

City Evacuations: An Interdisciplinary Approach

City Evacuations: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Author: John Preston Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/08/2014

Evacuating a city is a complex problem that involves issues of governance, preparedness education, warning, information sharing, population dynamics, resilience and recovery. As natural and anthropogenic threats to cities grow, it is an increasingly pressing problem for policy makers and practitioners. The book is the result of a unique interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers in the physical and social sciences to consider how an interdisciplinary approach can help plan for large scale evacuations. It draws on perspectives from physics, mathematics, organisation theory, economics, sociology and education. Importantly it goes beyond disciplinary boundaries and considers how interdisciplinary methods are necessary to approach a complex problem involving human actors and increasingly complex communications and transportation infrastructures. Using real world case studies and modelling the book considers new approaches to evacuation dynamics. It addresses questions of complexity, not only in terms of theory, but examining the latest challenges for cities and emergency responders. Factors such as social media, information quality and visualisation techniques are examined to consider the `new' dynamics of warning and informing, evacuation and recovery.

Die Liebe eines Meisters (Klassiker der schwulen SM-Literatur)

Die Liebe eines Meisters (Klassiker der schwulen SM-Literatur)

Author: John Preston Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2014

Marc und Tim, zwei junge Manner vom Land, verbindet ein geheimer Wunsch: Sie wollen sich ganz und gar hingeben, dominiert werden - Sklaven fur einen anderen Mann sein. Als ihnen ein erfahrener Meister anbietet, sie abzurichten, trennen sich ihre Wege. Wahrend Tim entschlossen ist, Korper und Seele auf dem Sklavenmarkt feilzubieten und sich in die Hande des alteren Mannes begibt, schreckt Marc zunachst vor seinem eigenen Verlangen zuruck. Ein Klassiker des Meisters der schwulen SM-Literatur - zum ersten Mal auf Deutsch.

Mr. Benson (Klassiker der schwulen SM-Literatur)

Mr. Benson (Klassiker der schwulen SM-Literatur)

Author: John Preston Format: eBook Release Date: 16/03/2013

Ein Meilenstein der SM-Literatur: New York, irgendwann in den Siebzigern. Sexuelle Exzesse pragen schwule Kneipen wie das Mineshaft, wo noch erlaubt ist, was gefallt. Mit seinen 25 Jahren und einer knackigen Figur fallt es Jamie nicht schwer, Nacht fur Nacht Manner aufzureien. Bis er eines Abends Mr. Benson begegnet, einem muskelbepackten Lederkerl, der auf Jamies eitles Gehabe nicht hereinfallt. Denn was Mr. Benson sucht, ist ein Sklave - ein Mann, der bereit ist, fur seinen Meister alles aufzugeben, der sich ihm unterwirft und erfahrt, was es heit, die Grenzen zwischen Schmerz, Lust und Liebe zu sprengen.

Computer Literacy for IC3 Unit 3 Living Online

Computer Literacy for IC3 Unit 3 Living Online

Author: John Preston, Sally Preston, Robert Ferrett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/12/2012

Written to provide all readers with an opportunity to learn and demonstrate computer and Internet literacy. Computer Literary for IC3 was written to align with a certification called Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) . This certification is for users who want to demonstrate critical computer and Internet skills valued in today's academic and professional environments. The Computer Literacy for IC3 text is written to meet the certification standards and provide readers with a broad understanding of the key components of computer literacy in order to prepare for the exam. This certification has 3 units: * Unit 1: Computing Fundamentals (computer concepts) * Unit 2: Using Productivity Software * Unit 3: Living Online (the Internet) Each of these units is available as a separate Computer Literacy for IC3 text. This text contains: Unit 3: Living Online covers basics of the Internet, including networks, email, and the impact of computing on society. The second edition of Computer Literacy for IC3 has been revised to keep up with the IC3 program's evolution, which reflects the recent changes in computers and technology. Instead of publishing one large, comprehensive text, the three units are now available as separate, smaller texts.

Computer Literacy for IC3 Unit 1 Computing Fundamentals

Computer Literacy for IC3 Unit 1 Computing Fundamentals

Author: John Preston, Sally Preston, Robert Ferrett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/11/2012

Written to provide all readers with an opportunity to learn and demonstrate computer and Internet literacy. Computer Literary for IC3 was written to align with a certification called Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) . This certification is for users who want to demonstrate critical computer and Internet skills valued in today's academic and professional environments. The Computer Literacy for IC3 text is written to meet the certification standards and provide readers with a broad understanding of the key components of computer literacy in order to prepare for the exam. This certification has 3 units: * Unit 1: Computing Fundamentals (computer concepts) * Unit 2: Using Productivity Software * Unit 3: Living Online (the Internet) Each of these units is available as a separate Computer Literacy for IC3 text. This text contains: Unit 1: Computing Fundamentals and covers basic computer concepts including computer hardware, computer software, and using an operating system. The second edition of Computer Literacy for IC3 has been revised to keep up with the IC3 program's evolution, which reflects the recent changes in computers and technology. Instead of publishing one large, comprehensive text, the three units are now available as separate, smaller texts.

Disaster Education

Disaster Education

Author: John Preston Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2012

From 'Duck and Cover' in the 1950s, when American schoolchildren were instructed to hide beneath their desks in the event of nuclear attack to contemporary campaigns against pandemic flu, education campaigns have been used to prepare the general public for apocalyptic events. Governments have made use of various media from films, leaflets and television to the internet to inform, inspire and scare populations. Forms of disaster education also permeate popular culture with films and television programmes illustrating survival techniques from dealing with terrorist attacks in '24' to thwarting zombie apocalypse in 'The Walking Dead' and '28 Days Later' . Using critical race theory and whiteness studies the book argues that information about disasters has always, tacitly or overtly, prioritised the survival of certain groups of citizens above others. Drawing on examples from the UK and the US, from past and contemporary disaster education and popular culture, it considers that rather than being kitsch, nave and ephemeral, such campaigns are central to the way in which states define survival, life and death. The book will be of interest to educationalists, historians, sociologists and cultural theorists as well as those working in emergency planning, public health and communications.

Disaster Education 'Race', Equity and Pedagogy

Disaster Education 'Race', Equity and Pedagogy

Author: John Preston Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2012

Disaster Education 'Race', Equity and Pedagogy

Disaster Education 'Race', Equity and Pedagogy

Author: John Preston Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2012

Whiteness and Class in Education

Whiteness and Class in Education

Author: John Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2009

This pioneering volume applies critical whiteness studies in a variety of educational contexts in the United Kingdom. The author uses ethnographic, biographical and documentary research to show how whiteness `works' in education. The book also considers policy issues, and discusses how critical whiteness studies might function in anti-racist practice, shows how `white supremacy' continues to dominate educational discourse and practice and discusses how this can be resisted.

Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions A Reader's Guide

Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions A Reader's Guide

Author: John Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2008

Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is arguably one of the most influential books of the twentieth century and a key text in the philosophy and history of science. Kuhn transformed the philosophy and history of science in the twentieth century in an irrevocable way and still provides an important alternative to formalist approaches in the philosophy of science. His most important work is therefore a hugely exciting, yet challenging, piece of philosophical writing. In Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: A Reader's Guide, John Preston offers a clear and thorough account of this key philosophical work. The book offers a detailed review of the key themes and a lucid commentary that will enable readers to rapidly navigate the text. Geared towards the specific requirements of students who need to reach a sound understanding of the text as a whole, the guide explores the complex and important ideas inherent in the text and provides a cogent survey of the reception and influence of Kuhn's work. This is the ideal companion to study of this most influential of texts.

Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions A Reader's Guide

Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions A Reader's Guide

Author: John Preston Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/05/2008

This is a reader's guide to the most important and widely read work in the history and philosophy of science.Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is arguably one of the most influential books of the twentieth century and a key text in the philosophy and history of science. Kuhn's most important work is a hugely exciting, yet challenging, piece of philosophical writing.In Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: A Reader's Guide , John Preston offers a clear and thorough account of this key philosophical work. The book offers a detailed review of the key themes and a lucid commentary that will enable readers to rapidly navigate the text. Geared towards the specific requirements of students who need to reach a sound understanding of the text as a whole, the guide explores the complex and important ideas inherent in the text and provides a cogent survey of the reception and influence of Kuhn's work. This is the ideal companion to study of this most influential of texts. Continuum Reader's Guides are clear, concise and accessible introductions to key texts in literature and philosophy. Each book explores the themes, context, criticism and influence of key works, providing a practical introduction to close reading, guiding students towards a thorough understanding of the text. They provide an essential, up-to-date resource, ideal for undergraduate students.

The Dig

The Dig

Author: John Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2008

In the long hot summer of 1939 Britain is preparing for war. But on a riverside farm in Suffolk there is excitement of another kind: Mrs Petty, the widowed farmer, has had her hunch proved correct that the strange mounds on her land hold buried treasure. As the dig proceeds against a background of mounting national anxiety, it becomes clear though that this is no ordinary find ... And pretty soon the discovery leads to all kinds of jealousies and tensions. John Preston's recreation of the Sutton Hoo dig - the greatest Anglo-Saxon discovery ever in Britain - brilliantly and comically dramatizes three months of intense activity when locals fought outsiders, professionals thwarted amateurs, and love and rivaly flourished in equal measure

Wittgenstein and Reason

Wittgenstein and Reason

Author: John Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/05/2008

This volume discusses Wittgenstein's work, as well as his oeuvre in general, and its implications for the nature of reason. Investigates the nature of reason which has always been a topic at the very heart of Western philosophy Analyses how Wittgenstein raised crucial questions about the subject - most notably in his critique of Frazer's Golden Bough , his discussions of various philosophical aspects of religion, and the famous 'rule-following considerations' from his Philosophical Investigations Contributors include prominent Wittgenstein scholars from the UK and continental Europe including Hanjo Glock, Genia Schonbaumsfeld, Severin Schroeder Joachim Schulte and Crispin Wright Contains a translation of an important paper by the French Wittgenstein scholar Jacques Bouveresse, alongside six new papers by other contributors

Whiteness and Class in Education

Whiteness and Class in Education

Author: John Preston Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/07/2007

This pioneering volume applies critical whiteness studies in a variety of educational contexts in the United Kingdom. The author uses ethnographic, biographical and documentary research to show how whiteness `works' in education. The book also considers policy issues, and discusses how critical whiteness studies might function in anti-racist practice, shows how `white supremacy' continues to dominate educational discourse and practice and discusses how this can be resisted.

A Morning in the Life of Henry Faulkner

A Morning in the Life of Henry Faulkner

Author: John Preston Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/11/2005

This play depicts a morning in the life of artist Henry Faulkner, set in his winter studio/home in Key West, Fla., during the mid-1960s. The action of the play is set in motion after Henry persuades his young houseguest, Hollis, to procure his girlfriend, Eva, for Jack, a sailor Henry has been keeping around, because Jack misses his wife. Hollis feels obligated to provide Eva because he has sprayed the house with poison while Henry was out, claiming there were fleas, and as a result two of Henry's beloved cats are sick. But after Eva and Jack have been upstairs in Henry's bedroom for over thirty minutes, Hollis begins to worry and starts to regret what he has done. What's taking so long is Hollis' refrain throughout the running time of the play. However, when Eva and Jack finally come downstairs, near close of the play, it is revealed that missing his wife was not the real reason Jack wanted Eva. What took so long was something else entirely.

I Once Had a Master

I Once Had a Master

Author: John Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2005

Prayer Unwrapping the Gift

Prayer Unwrapping the Gift

Author: John Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2004

Is your church's prayer life in need of a lift? Encouraging a church to pray takes time, creativity and focus. This short book offers many different ideas for developing the corporate prayer life of a church. Creative and practical ideas relevant to a wide range of churches and homegroups: Teaching resources on prayer Corporate and individual prayer reviews 32 ideas for developing prayer groups Developing a prayer plan Appointing a prayer coordinator Sermon and Home Group outlines Ideas for taking prayer out into the community Resource pages may be freely reproduced within the local church.

Views into the Chinese Room New Essays on Searle and Artificial Intelligence

Views into the Chinese Room New Essays on Searle and Artificial Intelligence

Author: John Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2002

The most famous challenge to the aims of cognitive science and artificial intelligence is the philosopher John Searle's 1980 'Chinese Room' argument. Searle argued that the fact that machines can be devised to respond to input with the same output that a mind would give does not mean that mind and machine are doing the same thing: for the latter lacks understanding. Nineteen specially written essays by leading scientists and philosophers assess, renew, and respond to this crucial challenge-fascinating reading for anyone interested in minds and computers.

'The Worst Enemy of Science'? Essays in Memory of Paul Feyerabend

'The Worst Enemy of Science'? Essays in Memory of Paul Feyerabend

Author: John Preston Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2000

This stimulating collection is devoted to the life and work of the most flamboyant of twentieth-century philosophers, Paul Feyerabend. Feyerabend's radical epistemological claims, and his stunning argument that there is no such thing as scientific method, were highly influential during his life and have only gained attention since his death in 1994. The essays that make up this volume, written by some of today's most respected philosophers of science, many of whom knew Feyerabend as students and colleagues, cover the diverse themes in his extensive body of work and present a personal account of this fascinating thinker.

Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements Thought and Language

Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements Thought and Language

Author: John Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/1998

The relationship between thought and language has been of central importance to philosophy ever since Plato characterised thinking as 'a dialogue the soul has with itself'. In this volume, several major twentieth-century philosophers of mind and language make further contributions to the debate. Among the questions addressed are: is language conceptually prior to thought, or vice versa? Must thought take place 'in' a medium? To what extent can creatures without language be credited with thoughts? Do we have to suppose that thinking involves the use of concepts? What does it mean to have and deploy a concept? How do recent psychological experiments bear on these issues? Are beliefs, desires, hopes and fears rightly construed as 'attitudes towards propositions'? Should twentieth-century philosophy be conceived of in terms of Michael Dummett's distinction between 'analytical philosophy' and the 'philosophy of thought'?

Feyerabend Philosophy, Science and Society

Feyerabend Philosophy, Science and Society

Author: John Preston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/06/1997

This book is the first comprehensive critical study of the work of Paul Feyerabend, one of the foremost twentieth-century philosophers of science. The book traces the evolution of Feyerabend's thought, beginning with his early attempt to graft insights from Wittgenstein's conception of meaning onto Popper's falsificationist philosophy. The key elements of Feyerabend's model of the acquisition of knowledge are identified and critically evaluated. Feyerabend's early work emerges as a contribution to the historical approach to science with which he is usually associated. In his more notorious later work, Feyerabend claimed that there was, and should be, no such thing as the scientific method. The roots of Feyerabend's 'epistemological anarchism' are exposed and the weaknesses of his cultural relativism are brought out. Throughout the book, Preston discusses the influence of Feyerabend's thought on contemporary philosophers and traces his stimulating but divided legacy. The book will be of interest to students of philosophy, methodology and the social sciences.

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