[OPE-L:4163] Re: Who agrees with Popper? [re OPE-L:4154]

From: Andrew Brown (Andrew@lubs.leeds.ac.uk)
Date: Thu Oct 19 2000 - 10:12:44 EDT

Thanks Nicky, and very nice to hear from you again!

> So, does this mean I agree with Andy.  Not necessarily since I don't think
> that Marxian theory should be put above empirical testing.  To say that it
> should be is surely to put up another set of artificial boundaries about
> *what constitutes Marxism as science*.  I prefer to think that the question
> is open to social (re)construction and debate.

To avoid misunderstanding, my view should not be characterised 
as 'above empirical testing'. Rather, in the first place, I would want 
to problematise the notion of 'empirical testing' itself. I think you will 
find that this phrase actually refers to a range of different 
processes, none of which are accurately comprehended by CR, the 
'return to practice' view, the Popper-Kuhn-Lakatos tradition, or any 
other prevalent tradition.


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