Francois, Where Mathematics becomes Political
The way in which nature is represented depends on human choices. Consequently, public knowledge invariably results from a particular perspective. Just like the representation of humans, the representation of non-humans is a political act, involving a political vision. Scientific objectivity, using mathematics as the purest of languages, necessary to express all natural events, claims to be neutral, while it in fact involves a perspective that gives preference to applying a characteristic method rather than paying attention to the specific objects to be known. Next to the logical truth thus produced, there is topical truth, which is also produced by a specific method, not claiming neutrality, but on the contrary, based on interests. In reality, neither method is neutral. But where the latter is based on external and broadly political interests, in case of the former, the interest is virtually limited to the proper functioning of the method itself.