explanation -Reply

Justin Schwartz jschwart at freenet.columbus.oh.us
Sun Feb 18 09:28:45 MST 1996

Maybe I misunderstood. I thought you were running the tired old line that
that there is no proirity to the material level because that level is
constructed by the superstructural, ideal, or cultural levels. Pardon if I
was haring after a false target. --jks

On Sat, 17 Feb 1996, Lisa Rogers wrote:

> Justin Schwartz wrote:
> In the following, Lisa denies in effect that there is any explnatory
> priority to anything in the explanation of behavior. This in effect
> denies the possibility of general explanations of behavior.
> ***
> I did what???  Hey, I know you gotta call it like you see it, but I
> assure you, that is not what I meant.  I intended to deny that
> 'ideal' / non-material / psychological factors were independent of
> material-social construction.  Although not accustomed to your
> terminology, I think that I do indeed believe in 'explanatory
> priority'.
> But you don't mean to say that material-social construction works on
> a blank slate, do you?  Is not a biological individual an active
> agent seeking and responding within the material-social forces
> surrounding it?
> Or, are we talking about the same thing?
> Lisa
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