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Resistance to uniﬁcation is the Negation that must be rendered into Nothing at the next step of uniﬁcation. In the absence of resistance we have both maximal uniﬁcation and absolute Being. I have read Friedman’s recent work as a form of Hegelianism also, although Friedman tends toward a more Kantian version than does Kitcher; see Richardson 2003a. 9. Longino does not follow Bergson in the pluralism Bergson wants to stress, which is not really a pluralism within science but a pluralism between science and metaphysics.
Richardson myself and avail myself of more warm-blooded fellow travelers of this part of Carnap, Neurath, and Dewey. What was the real concern with metaphysics that motivated the logical empiricists? It was not that metaphysicians are idle fools, telling stories full of sound and fury but signifying nothing. It was, rather, that these stories, while signifying nothing, were not idle and not understood to be foolish. Metaphysics served ideological purposes—long, detailed theories of value that no one could understand were nonetheless held to be importantly true and served to prop up improper systems of authority.
We may as well see fully what the theoretical consequences of such a view are. 18 2. Another way forward would be to insist that there is an important universal demarcation of science from nonscience and, indeed, an important sense in which the various branches of science can and, at times, do cooperate with one another that does not and cannot extend to cooperation with the nonscientiﬁc ﬁelds. Here, pluralism of a descriptive kind is deﬁnitely helpful, if only as an aid to clarifying the phenomena.