Edited By Flocel Sabaté
Individuals in front of individualities: an identities’ conflict: Jorge Wagensberg
Universitat de Barcelona-CosmoCaixa
The simpler an object is, the easier it is for one to create scientific knowledge with it or, in other words, the further one will be able to take one’s objectivity, intelligibility and dialectic with reality. However this does not mean that a physicist is more scientific than a biologist or that the latter is more scientific than a psychologist, an economist or a sociologist. They will all be equally scientific if they exhaust the scientific method. The physicist will not only be able to go much further with the method than the sociologist but he will also be able to better contain the excesses of his particular ideology. Nonetheless, all of the above can be equally scientific because to be so is only a question of wanting to be so, a compromise. There is no doubt that sciences such as sociology and economy introduce an additional complexity which physics, chemistry and biology do not have: their object of knowledge includes the subject of knowledge, the explicit will of a human mind is part of the contents of what we wish to understand. As an object of scientific understanding, economy and society are two concepts which are distant from my usual reflections. However, they are part of the exercise this essay is attempting, so with all due apologies, I will venture to discuss them. ← 403 | 404 →
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