[Marxism] RE: Marx's Pragmatism- Reply to Rob

Calvin Broadbent calvinbroadbent at hotmail.com
Wed May 26 05:01:06 MDT 2004


For Marx, to really understanding something entails understanding its being 
in a process of transformation. The more one is *actively* and *consciously* 
involved in this process of transformation, the better one can understand 
it. But, one cannot transform the world in any deliberative way without 
having some objective understanding of it. This is Marx's 'praxisual' view, 
and it is not pragmatic, it is scientific. Marx does not believe in sheer 
irrational voluntarism, he believes in understanding and transforming.
The scientific scientist will always take into account his own subjectivity 
in analysing his 'facts' (cf. Einstein's theory of relativity). Real science 
is normally formed out of 'practical' scientific work. Few scientists would 
dispute this- this does not in itself mean their work is any less 
scientific. An a priori conception of science as detached is much more false 
Incidentally, I believe there is an ongoing attempt in the 'natural 
sciences' to formulate a unifying theory of complex systems, and not merely 
settle for 'complementarity' amongst isolated branches.

The point is not to understand the world, but to transform it. How much more
of a clear statement of a practical philosophy, and not simply a
"scientific" one can you get?

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