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Comment on Julian Go/3. What are the Criteria for Truth in Globalized Sociology? A Critical Appraisal of Go's Southern Standpoint Approach

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Keywords: Globalization of Sociology; Counterhegemonic Currents; Epistemology of the Social Sciences; Theoretical Pluralism; Sociologies of the South.

Starting from fundamental acknowledgment of Go's core argument that scientific pluralism permits multiple objectivities, my comment first includes a complementary argument: to complement Go's standpoint approach, I suggest not an analytical but a practical strategy towards alternative approaches in sociology. Second, I put forth a few minor criticisms. And third, I formulate two more fundamental questions that go beyond Go's text: in international scholarly debate, what criteria do we have at hand to differentiate between knowledges and to dismiss those we consider false? Furthermore, what is the relationship between different standpoints and different theories?

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