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