Notes on Underdetermination

So, a brief pause in What I Am Supposed To Be Doing allows me a little time now.

Time I'm using to gather some thoughts together on Underdetermination. The thing to 'get' about this is that underdetermination in the sense of a weak naturalism is the condition for overdetermination in the sense of a particular historical social formation being able to 'set the agenda'. One could well say that the constitutive weakness of any state of nature opens the space for something like a State (as a stratified system of relations, of course). It is precisely because we are 'free' (not fully constituted ontologically) that we are so exposed to historical constitution, to determining forces. History burdens us because there is a hole where 'Nature' forgot to be that providential guarantor of universal consistency that scientific naturalism so often mistakes her for.



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