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Feyerabend, Paul K. The Tyranny of Science. Edited, and with an Introduction, by Eric Oberheim. Cambridge: Polity Press 2011 (165 pages, ISBN 978-0-7456-5190-3; £ 12.95 (paperback))

Feyerabend, Paul K. The Tyranny of Science. Edited, and with an Introduction, by Eric Oberheim.... 386 Book Reviews – Buchbesprechungen The usage and translation of foreign terms is, generally, very careful. However, on p. 74 the term “ontology” is said to derive from Greek “ontos” and “logos”. This is true. How- ever, in etymology one usually uses the nominative singular case or the stem of the words involved, which should be “on” or “ont-” respectively, not the genitive singular form “ontos”. Frege’s German neologism “Begriffsschrift” is translated as “conceptual nota- tion” on p. 123 and as “concept-script” on p. 159 – which could be a nice example of the notorious incompatibility of translational beauty on one hand (the former translation) and translational faithfulness on the other (the latter translation). The mentioned bits of the book do not contribute much to avoiding misunderstandings. However they do not cause great misunderstandings either. Perhaps they could be revised in the next edition. Speaking about things which have to be amended in the editions to come: in the bio- graphical part, although the entries on Bernard Bolzano (p. 115), Alonzo Church (p. 120) and Richard Jeffrey (p. 129) do contain most of what the reader expects to find, one misses these philosophers’ dates of brith and death – http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Philosophy and Logical Analysis Brill

Feyerabend, Paul K. The Tyranny of Science. Edited, and with an Introduction, by Eric Oberheim. Cambridge: Polity Press 2011 (165 pages, ISBN 978-0-7456-5190-3; £ 12.95 (paperback))

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386 Book Reviews – Buchbesprechungen The usage and translation of foreign terms is, generally, very careful. However, on p. 74 the term “ontology” is said to derive from Greek “ontos” and “logos”. This is true. How- ever, in etymology one usually uses the nominative singular case or the stem of the words involved, which should be “on” or “ont-” respectively, not the genitive singular form “ontos”. Frege’s German neologism “Begriffsschrift” is translated as “conceptual nota- tion” on p. 123 and as “concept-script” on p. 159 – which could be a nice example of the notorious incompatibility of translational beauty on one hand (the former translation) and translational faithfulness on the other (the latter translation). The mentioned bits of the book do not contribute much to avoiding misunderstandings. However they do not cause great misunderstandings either. Perhaps they could be revised in the next edition. Speaking about things which have to be amended in the editions to come: in the bio- graphical part, although the entries on Bernard Bolzano (p. 115), Alonzo Church (p. 120) and Richard Jeffrey (p. 129) do contain most of what the reader expects to find, one misses these philosophers’ dates of brith and death –

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Published: Apr 5, 2013

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