[OPE-L:1769] Re: Definitions and subject matter

Paul Cockshott (wpc@cs.strath.ac.uk)
Sun, 14 Apr 1996 04:47:59 -0700

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At 15:17 13/04/96 -0700, glevy@acnet.pratt.edu wrote:

Yet, while the social realm is a part of the natural realm, it does not
follow that society is governed by the same type of objective laws which
rule the natural world. To give one example, human beings have the
capacity to transform both nature and social organization through their
individual and collective will and consciousness. Rocks do not have this
capacity. Yet, people are not rocks.

Paul c
I dont think even the most ambitious geologist would apply the insights
of his specialism to the study of society!

But I would be cautious about invoking will as an explanatory category,
to do so, puts you into an unwonted debt to idealist philosophies of
a dubious nature. How can one demonstrate that will even exists, far less
that it transforms the world? I dont think that Marx relied upon notions
of will to explain things in Capital.

Paul Cockshott (clyder@gn.apc.org)