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This chapter presents an afterword for the book, which intents to examine Marx's methodological principles and how these inform an understanding of relationships between science and politics. Compared to Marx's Scientific Dialectics, the book provides more focus on why we must study political-economic relationships of power and how conventional approaches often mask or otherwise distort what these are and how they work. In Foucault's books what one finds are deep researches of history, examinations of empirical information, and analyses worked up after the collection of the relevant data, just as Marx says we should do. Others have taken accurate and powerfully generative readings of Marx's method and understanding of both history and capitalist society. Many Marxian studies seem very often to reproduce the problems that Marx spent much time criticizing.

Keywords: capitalist society; Foucault; Marx; political-economic relationships; politics; science



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