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The Popperian Podcast

Jan 5, 2021

This episode of the Popperian Podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Matteo Collodel. They speak about the role that Karl Popper and critical rationalism played in the intellectual development of Paul Feyerabend, the nature of the Feyerabend-Popper relationship, the Popperian ‘School’ that formed at the London School of Economics and the strained relationships that developed within this group, the differing accounts of the members and the controversies that arose, where and how Feyerabend’s philosophy broke with Popper’s, and whether or not Feyerabend should be considered a Popperian.

Matteo Collodel earned his diploma di laurea (BA+MA) and his PhD in Philosophy from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy), with the philosophy of science as his main area of specialization and historically-oriented dissertations on the development of Mary B. Hesse’s thought (2001) and of Paul K. Feyerabend’s idea of incommensurability (2007), respectively. Matteo is a ‘subject expert’ at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice ( and he worked on an archival project at Humboldt University of Berlin (funded by the German Research Foundation) whose main aim was to collect, transcribe and edit Feyerabend’s correspondence with Popper, Feigl, Carnap, Hempel, Kuhn, Watkins, Agassi, and Lakatos, among others.

Matteo is the co-editor of the book ‘Feyerabend’s Formative Years. Volume 1. Feyerabend and Popper’ ( and his regular academic work can be found at: Matteo Collodel | Humboldt Universität zu Berlin -

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