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Marxism and the Philosophy of Science Paperback – August 1, 1993

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Humanities Press; 1st Paperback Ed edition (August 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573925519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573925518
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.3 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,679,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John C. Landon on December 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent--indispensable--text on the history of philosophy (and the philosophy of science) in the history of Marxism. The issues raised are complex, tricky even, and tend to confuse, if not befuddle, students of Marxism (and Engelsism). The emergence of Marx and Engels in the generation of the 1840's came in the wake the collapse of the Hegelian school, that in turn the cap on the phase of German Classical Philosophy, beginning with Kant. The influence of Hegel on Marx, and Engels (with his very brief study of the subject), is part of its classic legacy, but one that has threatened incoherence to the whole attempt to do theory. These philosophical influences enriched the left, but at the same the question arises, did this aspect actually serve the legacy or distract it? The questions of the dialectic are extremely liable to chaotification and muddle, and metaphysical delusion. And the progression made a confusing subject worse, it seems. We have to admire the philosophical depth added to Marxism, but at the same time we have to ask why, at a critical phase of the world-historical attempt to deal with capitalist civilization its leaders entered the swamp of the Kant/Hegel duality, and of the dialectic, with two versions, on of Marx, and one of Engels, his 'dialectics of nature'. The distracting element here was in some sense crippling. In any case this is an indispensable history, where one was misled, perhaps, by the contrary, but comprehensive work of Kolakowsky (Main Currents of Marxism). If follows the whole history, and makes it easier to study the individual figures, whose work can be confusing without a larger context.Read more ›
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