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Religious, ecological, and cultural feminist objections to modern science differ in many ways. What unites them is their condemnation of the failure of science to come to terms with its own social and political commitment. The virtue of feminist critiques of science is that they try to go beyond the tendency, prevalent among ecologists, environmentalists, and others, to confine their objections to the uses without challenging the philosophical presuppositions of science, the content of contemporary scientific theories, or the methods of science.
31 To this image, Bookchin opposes "an ecological standpoint: nature as a constellation of communities ... " 32 Bookchin clearly identifies traditional notions of reason, science, and technology with the identification of nature with the capitalist marketplace (itself linked to conventional evolution theory, which, as I have noted, is adapted by Darwin from 22 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AS HEGEMONY Malthusian conceptions of natural history). In effect, Bookchin counterposes nature in metaphors derived from art to those of enlightenment science, which has employed the metaphors of commodity relations.
To a large extent, Marxism has shared the capitalists' worship of scientific understanding and industrial technique as reified, eternal truths. Whereas ruling ideas are clearly grasped as reflexes of material relationships and have been not been accorded independent existence by Marxism after Marx, the "forces of production" have been almost universally regarded as relatively autonomous from the social relations of production. Moreover, much of the Marxist tradition has come to view the productive forces as the motive power of historical change.