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Science And Politics

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The relationships between science and politics elicit multiple observations and criticisms. Nietzsche raged against forms of knowledge presented as Morality and Truth that dominate and control individuals. Though science has political implications, it does not follow that articulated political programs are necessary for a sound scientific analysis. Conversely, lack of attention to power relations is a political bias, not a neutral or objective posture. In this, Marx's lead is followed, as his relational approach to science still has much to teach us about the political for own research in at least two respects. First, political bias into abstractive frameworks is built. Second, one must create frameworks that respect the conventions of sound science, and these often reveal relations of power in a critical light. Pursuing these issues requires that one understands upon what basis Marx builds his epistemological principles.

Keywords: Marx; Nietzsche; science; politics



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