Bunge is Correct About Positivism, but less so about Marxism and Hermeneutics

  • Alberto Cupani


Bunge is critical of three traditional philosophical trends: Positivism, Marxism and Hermeneutics. In relation to the first, he disapproves of its empiricisms, its nominalism and its phenomenalism, as well as its rejection of traditional ontological and axiological questions. In Marxism, Bunge mainly criticizes the ambitions of Dialectics and the thesis that ideas are socially determined. In relation to Hermeneutics, Bunge is convinced that it is radically failured for confusing the knowledge of social events with the interpretation of texts. In this article I show that although Bunge’s criticisms of Positivism are fair, his judgement of the two other doctrines is not totally so.


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  • Alberto Cupani
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyFederal University at Santa CatarinaFlorianópolisBrazil

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