[Marxism] What is wrong with positivism?
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Fri Aug 3 11:45:50 MDT 2007
On 8/3/07, Jeff Rubard <jeffrubard at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2) In terms of Marxism, the element of positivism that is most
> threatening is its skepticism about the reality of social facts
> beyond the views, interests, and plans of the individual.
> The *Positvismusstreit* in (early) '60s German sociology,
> although it was to a certain extent only so-called (the
> "positivist" was supposed by Adorno to be Karl Popper, who
> no philosopher of science would recognize as anything but
> post-positivist) in large part hinged on the acceptability of
> entities like classes as means of sociological explanation:
> and I think we can all agree it would be a pretty poor
> Marxism that was reconstructed in line with the dictates
> of "methodological individualism", leaving out the character
> and dynamics of larger social groups.
Very interesting. So, would something like, say, game theory be
considered "positivist" (in Adorno's usage of the term, i.e. in the
I'm asking because while payoffs in game theory are based on
"methodological individualism", I suppose, game theory does also
admit of conceptualizing the behavior of groups or ensembles (which
we might think of "classes") and (emergent) relations between such
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