Philip Goldstein pgold at
Thu Mar 23 14:27:47 MST 1995

	Boddhisatva writes " Marxism is not a scientific theory because
it lacks
rigorous tests of repeatability and logic because of the subject matter with
which it deals.  Predictive value, insofar as it concerns human history,
is a
canard." Althusser has defined science in non-traditional,
non-empirical terms, as a rigorous opposition between formal
practices considered scientific and broad practices
considered ideological. Since this is a historical
definition, not a mathematical one, one can argue that it
allows Marxism to be a science insofar as it resists its own
ideologies, among which Althusser counted Hegelian humanism.

Philip GOldstein

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