[Marxism] Rosa L. replies to RL and LK
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Wed Oct 7 03:29:01 MDT 2009
In other words its a tool or technology or ideology of the same that arose under certain circumstances and under a certain mode of production. The same could be said of the steam engine and the factory system. We all know that, what else is new?
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> Subject: [Marxism] Rosa L. replies to RL and LK
> But what I mean by criticizing mathematics, or more correctly, hinting at a critique of it, is that science, and so mathematics, are relegated to the imperatives of capital, and so one ought to trace the material roots of abstract thinking to understand their social function. It's not that capital is this God hovering over people and so science is some kind of illegitimate surrogate endeavor, what I'm saying is that science is the modality of production of an objective consciousness, and qua production, it develops in capitalism. To cut a long story short, is not that science, mathematics, nor even logic, if understood as the science of thought and not its inversion as the thought which creates science, is mere abstraction and should be denigrated; it's that capitalism denigrates it by making it subject to its world of abstractions.
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