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'Why Are Figures so Significant? The Role and the Critique of Quantification' 77k.

This essay attempts to bring together the criticisms of Cartesian mind-body dualism, the doctrine of primary and secondary qualities, the banishment of final causes, and materialist reductionism, as made by A. E. Burtt and A. N. Whitehead, on the one hand, and marxist criticisms of reification, fetishism and alienation, on the other. Quantification does not come out unscathed; nor is it rubbished. It appears in I. Miles et al., eds. Demystifying Social Statistics. London: Pluto Press, 1979, pp. 63-74


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