The Structure of Idealization: Towards a Systematic Interpretation of the Marxian Idea of Science / Edition 1by Lesz Nowak
Pub. Date: 12/22/2010
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Much is said in Marxist literature about Marxist methodology which is supposed to be entirely original - differing a great deal from all other trends in the modern philosophy of science. On the other hand, however, it is unfallacious to state that there are no people outside Marxism who would like to deny this statement. This has to put those who really believe that Marxism has something important to say in philosophy of science on guard: if someone says something important others usually are inclined to protest. But who is inclined to protest when it is stated that Marx em ployed both induction and deduction, a historical method and a logical one as well, synthesis, but also analysis, etc? Who is inclined to protest when it is not known what within this framework 'induction', 'deduction' 'history' or 'logic' mean? Who is inclined to protest when 'Marxist meth odology' is presented not with the aid of precise definitions and clear hypotheses but with the aid of a jungle of quotations? I think that the main malfeasance of the current 'Marxist methodology', is that of ecclecticism. The methodology of Marx is presented as a col lection of trivial and/or obscure ideas but not as a system of statements subordinated to any clear, definite viewpoint presenting a new grasp ofthe nature of scientific cognition. Search for reconstruction of Marxian meth odology as a system of the kind is the main aim of this book.
Table of Contents1 / Case Study: The Theory of Value.- 2 / The Method of Idealization and Concretization.- 3 / Idealization and Ideal-Typical Method: Marx and Weber.- 4 / Idealization and Positivism.- 5 / Idealization and Hypotheticism.- 6 / Idealization and ‘Methodological Irrationalism’.- 7 / Assumptions.- 8 / The Marxian Model of Scientific Activity (Model I).- 9 / Deduction and Modelling (Model II).- 10 / Approximation (Model III).- 11 / Semi-Idealization and Probability (Model IV).- 12 / Programming And Practical Sciences (Model V).- 13 / Scientific Community and Progress of Science.- 14 / The Social Context of Science.- 15 / The Social Reason for Making Science.- 16 / The Last Resort.- 17 / The Law of Absolute Pauperization.- 18 / The Contradiction Between the Third and the First Volume of Capital.- 19 / Marx’S Historicism.- 20 / The Contradictions and Ambiguities Within the Theory of Social Class.- References Cited.
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