[Marxism] Hegel : 'hopeless baggage'?
charles1848 at sbcglobal.net
Fri Jan 10 18:03:24 MST 2014
Agreed that quantitative prediction is not the criterion of scientific
knowledge. Nor replication, for that matter.
The problem with positivism and the bourgeois social science to which
Mark refers are they do not earn their claim to be scientific. If you
look through Taylor's Principles of Scientific Management, you see that
there is nothing scientific about it. He measures but he does no science.
A scientific explanation does grasp something necessary, within
specified conditions. It matters because scientific socialists have won
the support of masses and achieved far more revolutionary change than
the utopian socialists and the liberals who deny that the study of
history can be scientific.
Despite some -ion terms above, I apologize for not using words like
"sublate," "mediate," and in a more modern vein "post-Quinean."
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