Re: [OPE-L] rosa luxemburg

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Thu Mar 29 2007 - 15:34:08 EDT

Hi Dogan:

You cited Luxemburg in her paper "Back to Adam Smith" [Zuruck auf Adam
Smith] as claiming that *impartiality* is fundamental to the scientific
method and that the 'methodological principle' of impartiality
is related to the 'ethical principle of honesty' (bottom of page 3).

Did she claim, though, that the theory advanced by Marx, Engels, and
Marxists --  including herself --  was based on this 'methodological
principle' of impartiality?

Isn't there necessarily a (for lack of a better term) tension between a
theory which claims to be impartial and at the same time is said to
represent a particular revolutionary and class perspective? Isn't a
'partisan impartial scientist' an oxymoron?

In solidarity, Jerry

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