Is Marxism scientific?

From: Bill.McKinley@mailhost.dpie.gov.au
Date: Fri 23 May 1997 - 02:13:26 EEST


                      Is Marxism scientific? 23/5/97
Carl Fink (I think) said:

>That's not true -- they were both *inspired* by actual science, but
>neither is "scientific" by definition. They aren't supported by
>evidence.

I know this is off topic, but Marxism and psychoanalysis are supported by some evidence.

The traditional argument against them as sciences is that they are not falsifiable. That is, if one of their hypotheses fails to come about (such as Marx's hypothesis that capitalism would inevitably suffer a dialectical crisis in the 19th century) the proponents of the theory can argue it away rather than conceding that the theory was wrong and then reworking it.

Bill

------------------------------

End of Glorantha Digest V4 #420
*******************************

RuneQuest is a trademark of Avalon Hill, and Glorantha is a trademark
of Chaosium. With the exception of previously copyrighted material,
unless specified otherwise all text in this digest is copyright by the
author or authors, with rights granted to copy for personal use, to
excerpt in reviews and replies, and to archive unchanged for
electronic retrieval.

Send electronic mail to Majordomo@erzo.org with "help" in the body of
the message for subscription information on this and other mailing
lists.

WWW at http://rider.wharton.upenn.edu/~loren/rolegame.html


This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.7 : Fri 13 Jun 2003 - 16:59:48 EEST