Re: [OPE] epistemological and scientific questions

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Date: Sun Dec 14 2008 - 06:49:20 EST

I use "mirror" in a metaphorical sense.

It addresses the main question of all scieces and philosophy how we may account for the relationship between our reality and theory.
It is an antient concept and have been used as a conept throughout history. Its explicit use as a term may be traced back to Leibniz. But more fully developed by Smith, Marx and Engesl. Lenin suggested it to be a universal concept that may be applied to natural and social sciences - in different ways of course. Pawlow developed further. Contemporarily it is used and developed further by Marxist philosopher Hans heinz Holz. When Marx for example says (to rephrase) mater is translated into thought or consciousness he refers to this concept. Or more generally when he takes concepts as concepts of a social formation then he again refers to this concept. In fact when you were reminding us in a reply to Anderes that when we read and analyse Capital that we at the same time talk about capitalism you were refering to mirror theory.


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>? The analogy of a 'mirror' is very
> misleading, especially if one considers the evolution of science.

Dave Z:


My impression is that when Dogan wrote "mirror theory" he

was not referring to an analogy. Instead, I took it to be a

reference to a philosophical perspective - a distinct type of

social theory.? Maybe there's a translation issue here. Dogan -

when you write "mirror theory" what intellectual tradition are

you referring to and who are some of the prominent writers

in that tradition?


In solidarity, Jerry


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