Re: [OPE-L] Overdetermination

From: Jerry Levy (Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM)
Date: Wed Dec 21 2005 - 10:38:14 EST

Hi Antonio,

Perhaps the genesis of the differences in perspective rests in part
with Marx's [19th Century]  perspective on science. I think there is a
tension in Marx, which was never fully resolved, between a 'open'
perspective which recognizes and emphasizes uncertainty  and
historical contingency and his oft-stated references to inevitability.

btw (a message to _all_ listmembers): best wishes for the holidays
and the new year!

In solidarity, Jerry

> 2. This approach is not reducible to "there is no reality out there,
> only interpretations." It is, if anything, understandable more as
> implying that "reality is complexily constituted and that the human
> part in it--interpreting, working, playing-- is part of that
> constitution" (something with scientific pedigree: the uncertainty
> principle; and Marxist pedigree as well: human beings make the world
> under conditions larger than themselves: the creation of class
> consciousness, the creation of a class in itself, the creation of
> socialism/communism).

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