Thursday, June 27, 2013

Science, Politics, Metaphysics, and Method

The history of science and politics of that last 300 years or so has been largely one of a triumph of method. Both modern science and liberal politics are, at bottom, primarily methods for ascertaining truth and establishing justice, respectively, but both methods by which they work have been improperly absolutized for the ironic purpose of denying the existence of that for which they were originally devised.

Somehow, the use of the method seemed to imply to people a certain metaphysical foundationalism: as though they were, in the end, the only truth things.

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