For if it is true, as the philosophers claim, that those representations we call scientific are reflections of nature; and if it is also true that for epistemology only scientific representations are truly “true”, then it still follows that since only representations of the structural world have achieved the status of natural representations, only they will have the status of being Truths. There is only one means, then, to challenge this hierarchy. If we can show that the very definition of what is and is not foundational is itself a product of culture–a “social category” rather than a “social fact” to use Durkheim”s words against himself–then we will have overturned the epistemological hierarchy which supports the dominating place of society over culture. Why?
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