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An Introduction to the Logic of Marxism by George Novack

By George Novack

Marxism is dialectical, Novack explains. It considers all phenomena of their improvement, of their transition from one nation to a different. And it truly is materialist, explaining the area as topic in movement that exists sooner than and independently of human recognition.


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N liS l)rogt'cU of COlilcio u 6 n """ is progress of knowledge f1' well. ed, misC(1 to " particular form .. nd mC(l liing. «n a n esoteric lind I\n exoteric Hegel Iras common among the Ynung lIegeliaus. illlriy. ~ I arx wished to uae Hegelian principles to interpret lIegel. "'arx now t Ufn, aga in to the problem of porl. Hegcliun philosophy I\nd of ",hilt he eolls 'the t ransition froUi discipline to freedom': It i. a psychological Inw tlH\l the th eoretical mind. lun·ing become frM in iudf, turns into practiclI I energy.

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_ Jl Ef)A I i, p. xui: I). nau"'garter, . I Marx' Doklord'-rtalinn'. ,t.. 111). ite oondusion follows. Jullllu;;ary subject. liL layjng clAim to the unh·er$al. ), had hegun to criticise Ilege\'8 diulectic from a liUiiillilist point of view. :'o J"r" ,levotes mue]. ~p"ce to e)(posing tllC fallacies of Plutllrch'~ criticisms of J;~Jli el1 rus, ~ince he considered 1)]ut'\Tch to 00 lypicnl of t he att,,~k on philosophy from!!. theologicnl poi nt of view. ("ee: ' We have added a~ 1111 appendix a criticism of the polemic of Plutarch against :Epicuru$'s theology.

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