File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_2003/bhaskar.0312, message 99

Subject: Re: BHA: scientific realism,
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2003 18:35:36 -0000

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From: "Groff, Ruth" <>
To: <bhaskar-AT-lists.village.Virginia.EDU>
Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2003 3:11 AM
Subject: RE: BHA: scientific realism,

Hi Phil,

No, I wouldn't say that capitalist social relations are true.  What I think
is something like: strictly speaking, social structures are not
truth-bearers and  are therefore neither true nor false; loosely speaking,
capitalism generates certain false but real appearances;
metaphorically/Hegelian-ly speaking, capitalism is false.  Nowadays I avoid
the metaphoric mode more than I used to, mostly because I really don't think
that the concepts of truth and of being have the same extensional content,
to put it in persnickity analytic language.


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