One can do many things with a banana – but not everything. You might try to pour coffee into it, or use it to check your email, but you will probably fail.
Even the simple case of perceiving a physical object depends not only on physical relations but also on social relations.
Our experience of a banana comes not just from the banana as a thing separate from ourselves, but from a dynamic network of physical relations.
Commenting on my previous post, Mark Hudson wrote: You’ll have to plug me in to where Marx implies that “the truth or falseness of knowledge depends on the knower’s position in social relations.” This is something I’d like to follow up on. A brief but highly technical discussion of this point appears in my article…
As an academic sociologist I work in an institution and a discipline which assume a fundamental separation between the activity of producing knowledge about the social world and the practical struggles which make up that world, and I do not believe in that separation.