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Beyond the scientism of historical materialism

September 26th, 2013 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2013/09/25/repost-of-essay-on-science-model-of-history/
This post depicted a classic case of scientism in action: a model of world history based on severe reductionism assumptions. The puzzle is the willful blindness to the narrowness of the model and the way it ignores the real evidence of something else at work in world history. But somehow the standard reductionist view based on physics envy results in the elimination of voluntarist explanation, the elimination of values, and the subtle promotion in disguise of the worst values.

The unfortunate fact is that historical materialism as a theory of history suiffers a similar set of symptoms and produces its own related toxic interpretation of events. These theories aren’t even realistic and enforce q set of strange assumptions on the complexity of human behavior in action: history. There the question of free agency is dominant in the minds of all historians, whatever lip service they pay to science. History is a narrative created by free agents. The marxist historical materialism should be discarded in favor of the standard view of their subject by historians.

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