Thursday, 10 August 2000

From "Weighty Objects"

By Joel Whitebook.

[...] in the wake of Kuhn, Feyerabend, and Foucault, a broad genealogical turn has taken place in which the philosophy of science is often replaced by the anthropology, sociology, economics or politics, including the gender politics, of science. As the theoretical heirs of Marxism -- a fact which is generally denied -- these strategies aim to reduce theories to the various pretheoretical interests that produced them. Hawever, like psychoanalytic reductionism, it is structurally impossible for this sort of interest-positivism to elucidate the validity of its own claims.

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