Against the Attributive Reductionism:
Irreducibility of Epistemic Rationality and Incommensurability of Values


Nikolai S. Rozov


Credo New, 2010, №1. P.66-109


Two styles of thinking are allocated: attributive reification  and constructive operationalization. It is shown that the first one is inherent in classical metaphysics and modern analytical philosophy/ It includes selection of abstract qualities, i.e. attributes, their investment by essence (reification), detection of inevitable difficulties and paradoxes, attempts of their overcoming, often through reductionism. The corresponding criticism of instrumental concept of epistemic rationality, as well as criticism of attempts to replace cognitive purposes by practical ones are conducted.

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