Re: Feyerabend Preparation
- = Deconstruction:
My favorite explanation of deconstruction is _On Deconstruction_, by
Culler has a deserved reputation as a good explainer, but this is still
moderately dense and foreign to people who (like me) come from the computer
world. There are simpler accounts, like _Beginning Theory_ (Peter Barry)
and _Introducing Derrida_ (Collins, Mayblin)
but they're not as good. They also don't emphasize what I proposed to rpg,
so probably wouldn't be useful prep for deconstruction-as-brainstorming.
Phil Agre's _Computation and Human Experience_
applies (in part) deconstructive techniques to a computerish subject: AI.
It's what got me started reading about deconstruction.
Disclaimer: I'm no expert in literary theory / deconstruction. I'm a dabbler.
_Against Method_ (on the reading list) was supposed to be a joint work
between Paul Feyerabend and Imre Lakatos, friends and antagonists. Lakatos
went and died before they got properly started. Lakatos's take on the
philosophy of science is in _Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes_
Another, shorter, exposition is in _For and Against Method: Including
Lakatos's Lectures on Scientific Method and the Lakatos-Feyerabend
Correspondence_, ed. Motterlini.
Lakatos's lectures are concise and entertaining (though the correspondence
doesn't add much - definitely for the completist.)
I've found Lakatos's explanation of scientific progress useful in
understanding why it's hard to make headway against the conventional
wisdom. It may be similarly useful to our project.
Disclaimer: as above.
At 06:14 PM 4/1/01 , you wrote:
>Ron and I have put together some information on how to prepare for--
>the workshop. That can be found here:
Brian Marick, marick@...
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