The Social Relations of Physics, Mysticism, and Mathematics: Studies in Social Structure, Interests, and Ideas

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Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 6, 2012 - Science - 310 pages
The problems I address in this book are among the least studied in the soci ology of science and knowledge. Part I is a critique of the claim that there are parallels between ancient mysticism and modern physics, and a sociological analysis of this claim as a strategy in intellectual conflict. This study must. ultimately be rooted more firmly in a: type of sociology of knowledge that is just now beginning to crystallize (and which I discuss in Chapter 7), and a sociology of religion that is not so much unknown as underground, and timid, that is, a non-worshipful materialist sociology of religion. My study of physics-mysticism parallelism is a vehicle for exploring epistemic strategies. I thus conclude Part I by sketching a materialist, emancipatory epistemic strategy. My conclusion brings together a number of ideas formulated by myself and others over the past several years, but stops short of a systematic synthesis. A more integrated and coherent "model" than what I can sketch here must wait on the results of research now in progress in the critical (as opposed to apologetic or worshipful) sociology of knowledge.
 

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Table of Contents
BOOTSTRAP AND BUDDHISM
SPACETIME PARALLELISM
ANTICIPATION ORCONVERGENCE?
PHYSICS MYSTICISMAND SCIENTIFIC CHANGE
Mysticism as a Social Fact
ANOTE ONTHE POLITICS OF MYSTICISM
Parallelism as an Intellectual
THEWHOLISTIC
MODES
SOCIOLOGICAL MATERIALISM NOTES FORAN EMANCIPATORY EPISTEMIC STRATEGY
The Sociology of Mathematics
FANG AND TAKAYAMA
Chapter10 Historical Materialism and Mathematics
MARXISM AND THE GREEK MIRACLE
Chapter 13Mathematics and World View

MYSTICISMAND PHYSICS IN PARALLELIST THOUGHT
ANTIPARALLELISM PARALLELIST THOUGHT IN THE RENAISSANCE
Sociological Materialism and History
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