Zitat zum Feyerabend

An open exchange, on the other hand, is guided by a pragmatic philosophy. The tradition adopted by the parties is unspecified in the beginning and develops as the exchange goes along. The participants get immersed into each others‘ ways of thinking, feeling, perceiving to such an extent that their ideas, perceptions, world views may be entirely changed – they become different people participating in a new and different tradition. An open exchange respects the partner whether he is an individual, or an entire culture while a rational exchange promises respect only within the framework of a rational debate. An open exchange has no organon though it may invent one, there is no logic though new forms of logic may emerge in its course.
A free society is a society in which all traditions are given equal rights,
equal access to education and other positions of power. […] If traditions have advantages only from the point of view of other traditions then choosing one tradition as a basis of
a free society is an arbitrary act that can be justified only by resort to power.

The results for science are obvious. Here we have a particular tradition, ‚objectively‘ on par with all other traditions […] Its results will appear magnificent to some traditions, execrable to others, barely worth a yawn to still further traditions.

Of course, our well conditioned materialistic contemporaries are liable to burst with excitement over events such as the moonshots, the double helix, non-equilibrium thermodynamics. But let us look at the matter from a different point of view, and it becomes a ridiculous exercise in futility. It needed billions of dollars, thousands of well trained assistants, years of hard work to enable some inarticulate and rather limited contemporaries to perform a few graceless hops in a place nobody in his right mind would think of visiting – a dried out, airless, hot stone. But mystics, using only their minds travelled across the celestial spheres to God himself whom they viewed in all his splendour receiving strength for continuing their lives and enlightenment for themselves and their fellow men. It is only the illiteracy of the general public and of their stern trainers, the intellectuals, and their amazing lack of imagination that makes them reject such comparisons without further ado. A free society does not object to such an attitude but it will not permit it to become a basic ideology either.


– Paul Feyerabend. Reason and Practice, in: Science in a Free Society. 1978.