Political Epistemology versus Sociology of Knowledge
Georg Lukacs traces the mutually constitutive relationship between positivist epistemology as a part of the reified consciousness and the capitalist mode of social life: The reified epistemological consciousness “corresponds” with the fetishized social reality. In other words, for Lukacs, positivism is the very process of “thingification” occurring in the social environment, which is carried to its logical extreme within a theoretical system. In the first section of this chapter, I explore the above point and argue that Lukacs’s idea of the epistemic vantage point of the proletariat reflects one possible articulation of the constitutive relationship between sociopolitical context and knowledge.
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