Marxism and the Philosophy of Science
j.bendien at wolmail.nl
Sun Apr 14 12:48:13 MDT 2002
What Louis calls an attempt to "integrate scientific research into the
overall revolutionary project" was in fact the first step towards the
bureaucratisation of Soviet science, through the imposition of a
metaphysical theory on scientific practice. It is one thing to seek to win
scientists to practical cooperation with the social and political goals of
the revolutionary regime, it's another thing to tell them how to think.
Lenin and Trotsky were not experts on philosophical and scientific issues,
and this aspect of the bolshevik legacy - the pretension to have all the
answers to all fundamental problems of human existence in advance within a
single philosophical system - is probably best forgotten.
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