John Preston: Publications


Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: A Reader’s Guide, (London: Continuum, 2008). (ISBN 978 0-8264-9375-0, and 978-0-8264-9376-7).

(ed.), Wittgenstein and Reason, (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2008). (Featuring essays by Jacques Bouveresse, Hans-Johann Glock, Jane Heal, Genia Schönbaumsfeld, Severin Schroeder, Joachim Schulte, and Crispin Wright). (ISBN 978-1-4051-8095-5).

(ed.), (Chinese-language edition of) Paul K. Feyerabend, Knowledge, Science and Relativism: Philosophical Papers, Volume 3, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006). (ISBN 7-214-04203-7).

(with Mark Bishop) (eds.), Views into the Chinese Room: New Essays on Searle and Artificial Intelligence (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002). ISBN 0-19-825057-6, and 0-19-925277-7.  

Feyerabend: Filosofia, Scienza, Societa, (Milano: Il Saggiatore, 2001). ISBN 88-428-0755-9.

(with Gonzalo Munévar and David Lamb) (eds.), The Worst Enemy of Science?: Essays in Memoryof Paul Feyerabend (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000). ISBN 0-19-512874-5. (A memorial volume featuring papers by Peter Achinstein, John Watkins, Bas van Fraassen, Paul Churchland, and other leading philosophers of science).

(ed.), Paul K. Feyerabend, Knowledge, Science and Relativism: Philosophical Papers, Volume 3 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999). ISBN 0-521-64129-2.

(ed.), Thought and Language (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997). ISBN 0-521-58741-7 (The proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, held at the University of Reading in September 1996. Includes papers by Donald Davidson, John Cottingham, John Hyman, Andrew Woodfield, John Searle, Larry Weiskrantz, Hans-Johann Glock, W.v.O.Quine, Kathy Wilkes, Chris Hookway, and Daniel Dennett).

Feyerabend: Philosophy, Science and Society (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1997). ISBN 0-7456-1675-5, and 0-7456-1676-3


Work in Press

‘Positivist and Post-Positivist Philosophy of Science’, forthcoming in A.Gardner, M.Lake & U.Sommer (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Theory, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

‘The Neuroscientific Case for a Representative Theory of Perception’, (written with my colleague Severin Schroeder), to appear in Timothy P. Racine & Kathleen L. Slaney (eds.), The Role and Use of Conceptual Analysis in Psychology: A Wittgensteinian Perspective, (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

‘The Rise of Western Rationalism: Paul Feyerabend’s Story’, forthcoming in Ian Kidd and Matthew Brown (eds.), Reappraising Feyerabend, a special issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, to be published in 2013.

‘Kinds and Limits of Computation’ submitted for the AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy, April 2nd-5th 2013.

‘Wittgenstein, Hertz and Boltzmann’, forthcoming in H-J.Glock & J.Hyman (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Wittgenstein, (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

Articles and Discussions:

‘Paul Feyerabend’, in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Philosophy. Ed. Duncan Pritchard. New York: Oxford University Press. ( (2012)

‘What are Computers (If They’re Not Thinking Things)?’, in S. Barry Cooper, A. Dawar & B. Löwe (eds.), How the World Computes: Turing Centenary Conference and 8th Conference on Computability in Europe, CIE 2012, Cambridge, UK, June 2012, Proceedings (Berlin & Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2012), pp.609-615. (DOI: 10.1007/78-3-642-30870-3)

‘Unthinking Things’, The Philosophers’ Magazine, Issue 57, 2nd Quarter 2012, pp.79-83.

‘The Extended Mind, the Concept of Belief, and Epistemic Credit’, in R.Menary (ed.), The Extended Mind, (Cambridge, MA: Bradford Books, MIT Press, 2010), pp.355-369.

‘Hertz, Wittgenstein, and the Instrumentalist Turn in the Philosophy of Science’, in G.Wolfschmidt (ed.), Heinrich Hertz (1857-1894) and the Development of Communication: Proceedings of the Symposium for History of Science, (Hamburg: Norderstedt, 2008), pp.80-93.

‘Mach and Hertz’s Mechanics’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, vol.39, 2008, pp.91-101.

‘Hertz, Wittgenstein, and Philosophical Method’, Philosophical Investigations, vol.31, no.1, 2008, pp.48-67.

‘Janik on Hertz and the early Wittgenstein’, Grazer Philosophische Studien, vol.73, 2006, pp.83-95.

‘Harré on Hertz and the Tractatus’, Philosophy, vol.81, 2006, pp.357-64.

‘Is Your Mobile Part of Your Mind?’, in K.Nyiri (ed.), Mobile Understanding: The Epistemology of Ubiquitous Communication, (Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 2006), pp.67-77.

‘Bird, Kuhn and Positivism’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, vol.35, 2004, pp.327-335.

‘Kuhn, Instrumentalism, and the Progress of Science’, Social Epistemology, vol.17, 2003, pp.259-65.

‘Introduction’, in J. M. Preston & M. Bishop (eds.), Views into the Chinese Room: New Essays on Searle and Artificial Intelligence, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), pp.1-50.

‘Prefazione all’ edizione italiana’, in my Feyerabend: Filosofia, Scienza, Societa, (Milano: Il Saggiatore, 2001), pp.13-14.

'Feyerabend, Paul', in W.H.Newton-Smith (ed.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Science, (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 2000), pp.143-8.

'Science as Supermarket: ‘Post-Modern’ Themes in Paul Feyerabend’s Later Philosophy of Science', in J. M. Preston, G. Munévar & D. Lamb (eds.), The Worst Enemy of Science?: Essays in Memory of Paul Feyerabend, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp.80-101.

'(With David Lamb), 'Introduction', to J. M. Preston, G. Munévar & D. Lamb (eds.), The Worst Enemy of Science? Essays in Memory of Paul Feyerabend, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000), pp.xiii-xvii.

‘Author’s Response’ (to a review symposium on my book Feyerabend: Philosophy, Science and Society), Metascience, volume 7, 1998, pp.233-43.

'Feyerabend, Paul', 'Krautrock', and 'Popper, Karl', in J.E.Sandford (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Contemporary German Culture, (London: Routledge, 1999), pp.214-5, 353-4, 491-2.

‘Introduction to volume 3’ in J. M. Preston (ed.), Paul K. Feyerabend, Knowledge, Science and Relativism: Philosophical Papers, Volume 3, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), pp.1-15.

‘Science as Supermarket: ‘Post-Modern’ Themes in Paul Feyerabend’s Later Philosophy of Science’ , Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, volume 29, no.3, 1998, pp.425-47.

'Feyerabend's Retreat from Realism', Philosophy of Science, volume 64 (Proceedings), 1997, pp.S421-31.

'Feyerabend's Final Relativism', The European Legacy, volume 2, no.4, 1997, pp.615-20.

'Introduction: Thought as Language', in J.M.Preston (ed.), Thought and Language, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997), pp.1-14.

'Feyerabend's Polanyian Turns', Appraisal, volume 1, Supplementary Issue, February 1997, pp.21-8.

(With my then-colleague Hanjo Glock): 'Externalism and First-Person Authority', The Monist, volume 78, no.4, October 1995, pp.515-34.

'Has Poincaré's Conventionalism been Refuted?', Ratio (New Series), volume 8, no.2, September 1995, pp.193-200.

'Frictionless Philosophy: Paul Feyerabend and Relativism', History of European Ideas, volume 20, nos.4-6, February 1995, pp.963-8.

'Methodology, Epistemology and Conventions: Popper's Bad Start', in D.Hull, M.Forbes & R.M.Burian (eds.), PSA 1994, Proceedings of the 1994 Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, Volume 1: Symposia and Invited Papers, (East Lansing, MI: Philosophy of Science Association, 1994), pp.314-22.

'On Some Objections to Relativism', Ratio (New Series), volume 5, no.1, June 1992, pp.57-73.

'Folk Psychology as Theory or Practice?: The Case for Eliminative Materialism', Inquiry, volume 32, no.3, 1989, pp.277-303.

Electronic 'Publications':

Review of H-J.Glock, & J.Hyman, (eds.), Wittgenstein and Analytic Philosophy: Essays for P. M. S. Hacker, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), for the British Wittgenstein Society website (2009).

Interview on Hertz and Wittgenstein on the DVD Allein mit der Natur: Heinrich Hertz: Experiment und Theorie, (Hamburg, 2008).

'Feyerabend, Paul' , in the on-line Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, from August 1997, updated 2005.

Book Reviews:

Review of Robert D. Rupert, Cognitive Systems and the Extended Mind, Analysis Reviews, 2010.

Review of A. W. Carus, Carnap and Twentieth Century Thought: Explication as Enlightenment, The European Legacy, vol.14, no.6, 2009, pp.759-761.

Review of Bradley Monton (ed.), Images of Empiricism: Essays on Science and Stances with a Reply from Bas Van Fraassen, forthcoming in The European Legacy, vol.14, no.3, 2009.

Review of Marie McGinn, Elucidating the Tractatus: Wittgenstein’s Early Philosophy of Logic & Language, Philosophical Investigations, vol.31, no.3, 2008, pp.268-72.

Review of Andrew Brook & Kathleen Akins (eds.), Cognition and the Brain: The Philosophy and Neuroscience Movement, Philosophical Books, vol.49, no.1, 2008, pp.68-71.

Review of James A. Marcum, Thomas Kuhn’s Revolution: An Historical Philosophy of Science, Ratio, vol.20, 2007, pp.352-4.

Review of Christine Sypnowich (ed.), The Egalitarian Conscience: Essays in Honour of G.A.Cohen, The European Legacy, vol.12, no.5, July 2007, pp.644-5.

‘Lützen on Hertz’s Mechanics’, essay review of Jesper Lützen, Mechanistic Images in Geometric Form: Heinrich Hertz’s Principles of Mechanics, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, vol.38, 2007, pp.260-7.

Review of Alfred Nordmann, Wittgenstein’s Tractatus: An Introduction, The European Legacy, vol.11, no.6, 2006, p.706.

Review of Duncan Richter, Historical Dictionary of Wittgenstein’s Philosophy, The European Legacy, vol.11, no.4, 2006, pp.467-8.

‘From Dada to Dewey’, (Review of Robert P.Farrell, Feyerabend and Scientific Values: Tightrope-Walking Rationality), Metascience, vol.13, no.2, 2004, pp.213-6.

Review of Severin Schroeder (ed.), Wittgenstein and Contemporary Philosophy of Mind, The European Legacy, vol.9, no.1, 2004, pp.124-5.

Review of Steve Fuller, Thomas Kuhn: A Philosophical History for Our Times, The European Legacy, vol.8, no.6, 2003, pp.833-4.

Review of Wes Sharrock and Rupert Read, Thomas Kuhn: Philosopher of Scientific Revolution, Philosophical Books, vol.44, no.3, 2003, pp.292-3.

Review of Matteo Motterlini (ed.), For and Against Method, including Lakatos’ Lectures on Scientific Method, and the Lakatos-Feyerabend Correspondence, The European Legacy, vol.7, no.2, 2002, pp.258-9.  

Review of Peter Carruthers & Jill Boucher (eds.), Language and Thought: Interdisciplinary Themes, The European Legacy, vol.6, no.4, 2001, pp.556-8.

Review of Luciano Floridi, Philosophy and Computing: An Introduction, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science , volume 52, no.1, 2001, pp.197-200.

Review of Paul Feyerabend, The Conquest of Abundance , Philosophy, vol.75, no.294, 2000, pp.618-22.

Review of Peter Millican & Andy Clark (eds.), Machines and Thought: The Legacy of Alan Turing, Volume 1, and Andy Clark & Peter Millican (eds.), Connectionism, Concepts, and Folk Psychology: The Legacy of Alan Turing, Volume 2, Philosophical Books, volume 39, no.3, 1998, pp.193-6.

Review of Edward Stein, Without Good Reason: The Rationality Debate in Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Mind , volume 107, no.426, 1998, pp.498-501.

Review of Karl R.Popper, The Lesson of this Century, and Roberta Corvi, An Introduction to the Thought of Karl Popper, British Society for the History of Philosophy Newsletter , volume 2, no.2, October 1997, pp.29-31.

Review of Donald Gillies, Artificial Intelligence and Scientific Method, and Robert Cummins & John Pollock (eds.), Philosophy and AI: Essays at the Interface, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, volume 48, no.4, 1997, pp.610-2.

Review of Michael Devitt, Coming to Our Senses , Philosophy, volume 72, no.281, 1997, pp.464-8.

Review of Nancy Cartwright, Jordi Cat, Lola Fleck & Thomas Uebel, Otto Neurath: Philosophy Between Science and Politics , Canadian Philosophical Reviews, volume 16, no.5, October 1996, pp.322-4.

Review of Paul Churchland, The Engine of Reason, The Seat of the Soul, Philosophical Books, volume 37, no.3, July 1996, pp.198-200.

Review of Andy Clark, Associative Engines: Connectionism, Concepts, and Representational Change, Philosophical Books, volume 37, no.2, April 1996, pp.125-7.

Review of Paul Horwich (ed.), World Changes: Thomas Kuhn and the Nature of Science, and Gonzalo Munévar (ed.), Beyond Reason: Essays on the Philosophy of Paul Feyerabend , International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, volume 9, no.2, 1995, pp.174-9.

Review of B. Jack Copeland, Artificial Intelligence: A Philosophical Introduction, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, volume 3, no.2, September 1995, pp.355-7.

'The Missing Piece', (review of Paul Feyerabend, Killing Time), The Times Literary Supplement, no.4812, June 23rd 1995, p.6.

Review of P.F.Strawson, Analysis and Metaphysics: An Introduction to Philosophy, Australasian Journal of Philosophy , volume 73, no.1, March 1995, pp.168-170.

Review of Arthur Donovan, Larry Laudan & Rachel Laudan (eds.), Scrutinizing Science: Empirical Studies of Scientific Change , in British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, volume 45, no.4, 1994, pp.1063-5.

Review of John Dupré, The Disorder of Things: Metaphysical Foundations of the Disunity of Science, Philosophical Books, volume 35, no.2, April 1994, pp.136-7.

'The Return of the Repressed' (Review of Richard Shusterman, Pragmatist Aesthetics: Living Beauty, Rethinking Art), The Times Higher Education Supplement, no.1079, July 9th 1993, p.18.

Review of George Couvalis, Feyerabend's Critique of Foundationalism, International Studies in the Philosophy of Science , volume 6, no.2, 1992, pp.155-9.

Review of Alastair Hannay, Human Consciousness , Cogito, volume 6, no.1, 1992, pp.47-9.