In ‘Ideology and the Ideological State Apparatuses’ (Essays on Ideology), Louis Althusser states that “all scientific discourse is by definition a subject-less discourse, there is no ‘Subject of science’ except in an ideology of science”. His suggestion is that in the realm of Science, the author is able to detach him/herself from all subjectivity. I’d argue that this is not possible and that in every discipline, including Sciences, subjectivity is always present in the text. Is it possible to present information, however ‘factual’ in a way that is devoid of the biases or filters of the author? While one might argue that the ‘facts’ may be free of bias (a potentially flawed argument in and of itself), can the process of selection of what information to present and how to present it be subject-less?
Related: what does the image above look like to you?