Organon F

Volume 27, August 2020, Issue 3, Pages 302–324

ISSN 2585-7150 (online) ISSN 1335-0668 (print)

Research Article

Feyerabend’s Alternative Theories within Goodman’s Worldmaking

Nicole Fišerová 


The main purpose of this paper is to compare two pluralistic approaches to knowledge, Goodman’s theory of worldmaking and Feyerabend’s methodological anarchism. It therefore examines firstly, the concept of world-versions, which according to Goodman create our worlds and at the same time are crucial for achieving a better understanding of reality; and secondly, the concept of alternative theories which are built upon pluralism and, according to Feyerabend, secure knowledge and make scientific progress possible. Feyerabend’s concept has been rejected by many, seemingly for its lack of limitations. In line with this argument, I propose that based on the comparison of these two pluralistic approaches, the alternative theories can be understood as a part of worldmaking, for Goodman’s theory has wider applicability since it encompasses not only science but also art. Furthermore, I suggest adopting Goodman’s principle of rightness, the criterion of functionality in his worldmaking, as a criterion within Feyerabend’s methodological anarchism when establishing the prevailing theory. It is to be expected that such a juxtaposition will uncover inconsistencies, in particular regarding boundless relativism and the vague terminology in both conceptions.


Alternative theories; methodological anarchism; Nelson Goodman; Paul Feyerabend; philosophy of science; theory of symbols; worldmaking; world-versions.

Author(s) and affiliation(s)


Nicole Fišerová


University of West Bohemia


Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of West Bohemia, Sedláčkova 19, 306 14 Plzeň, Czech Republic


About this article


25 January 2019


26 November 2019

Published online

20 December 2019


Institute of Philosophy of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences

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Fišerová, N. (2020). Feyerabend’s Alternative Theories within Goodman’s Worldmaking. Organon F27(3), 302–324.


Fišerová, Nicole. 2020. "Feyerabend’s Alternative Theories within Goodman’s Worldmaking." Organon F 27 (3): 302–324.


Fišerová, N.  (2020). Feyerabend’s Alternative Theories within Goodman’s Worldmaking. Organon F, 27(3), pp. 302–324.

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