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DESPAIN at econ.sbs.utah.edu
Thu Jun 22 23:16:03 MDT 1995
> As far as the process of coming up with ideas and hypotheses goes, of
> course embrace methodological pluralism. Not just dialectical analysis --
> if an idea comes to you in a dream, there's no less reason to try it out
> once you get it. That's how Kekule solved the structure of benzene.
> It's when it comes to justification of ideas that you have to be a little
> more rigorous.
Dialectics as method will embrace all the "rigour" you throw at
it. I did not suggest methodological relativism nor "anything goes"
but pluralism. Dialectics can imbrace (not supersede, nor replace)
an analytical moment, historical moment, sociological moment, etc.
but it *should not* do so at the expense of relevance or
philosophical intigrity. Much of analytical marxism, neo-marxism and
especially post-marxism does exactly this.
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