Re: [OPE-L] Overdetermination

From: antonio callari (antonio.callari@FANDM.EDU)
Date: Wed Dec 21 2005 - 13:34:15 EST

Hi Jerry,
perhaps! Indeed, i think there may well be a tension in Marx. How
could there not have been, really?  And this, i think, implies that
there are indeed different traditions within Marxism (each of which
has its own history, conditions, consequences, rhetorics, etc.).
Happy days to all!

>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).

Antonio Callari
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