The strange fate of the morphed ‘rump materialism’ : a comment on the vagaries of social science as seen through Alexander Wendt's quantum mind and social science
International theory, 2022, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 169-182
KRATOCHWIL, Friedrich, The strange fate of the morphed ‘rump materialism’ : a comment on the vagaries of social science as seen through Alexander Wendt's quantum mind and social science, International theory, 2022, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 169-182 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/75408
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In putting Wendt's recent Quantum Mind in a larger context both of his own disciplinary engagement and some larger philosophical issues, I try to avoid a hasty dismissal, since the book seems at first blush to offer a ‘theory of everything’, or an uncritical acceptance, since the desire to know what makes the world hand together has always been part of the knowledge game. As to the first problem, I find it rather odd that Wendt spends little time in justifying his particular take on quantum theory, which is far from uncontroversial. Second, I attempt to understand why he has given up on the profession trying now to solve puzzles in the field by claiming that ‘quantum consciousness theory’ provides us with an ‘ace up the sleeve’. But the fact that wave collapse plays havoc with our traditional notions of cause, location, and mass, does not without further ado entitle us to claim that all or most problems in social science dealing with issues of validity and meaning of our concepts (rather than ‘truth/falsity’, as decided by making existential assertions) have been solved by quantum mechanics.
Published online: 14 February 2022
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/75408
Full-text via DOI: 10.1017/S1752971921000075
ISSN: 1752-9719; 1752-9727
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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