epistemological break

epistemological break

(in science) the ‘revolutionary’ replacement of one theoretical framework – PARADIGM or PROBLEMATIQUE – by another. In the view of Thomas KUHN or Louis ALTHUSSER, the relations between rival or successive paradigms is always liable to be one of disjuncture and INCOMMENSURABILITY, in which the central concepts and procedures of one paradigm or problematique are unstatable in the language of the other: to quote Paul FEYERABEND, different paradigms involve different ‘worlds’ (see also FORMS OF LIFE). In the work of Althusser, the concept of the epistemological break is central to the sharp distinction he draws between the early ‘humanistic’ writings and the later 'S cientific’ writings of Marx.
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He thus aims to displace Althusser's depiction of Marx's oeuvre as divided by one constitutive epistemological break (7-10; cf.
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As splits, they provide the model for its main theoretical structure: the epistemological break or, more literally, cut ("coupure"), which is the mature Marx's alleged paradigm shift from his own youthful humanist idealism to scientific materialism.
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Where Donnelly goes wrong, I would venture, is in his assumption of a sharp epistemological break between Augustine and Milton, a break he blames on the Protestant Reformation and the subsequent rise of modern rationalism.
Ngugi subsequently stated that "it was Kamirithu which forced me to turn to Gikuyu and hence into what has amounted to an epistemological break with my past" (Decolonizing the Mind).
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He likens Blake's moment of crisis, which marks a break with his past, to the 'epistemological break' in Marx that Althusser identified in The German Ideology.
No one, least of all the physicist, is unaware of the fact that the dawn of modern science brought with it a necessary and definitive epistemological break with the then traditional view of nature and thus the difference between the earthly and the heavenly, which was thought of as ontological.
Raulet acknowledges a development in Marx's thought from his "early" to his "late" writings but without subscribing to the Althusserian "epistemological break" thesis (coupure epistemologique) which points to a distinct "philosophical" early period as opposed to a "scientific" mature one ("une periode `philosophique' et une periode `scientifique'").