Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx's Method

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252071188
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 513,600
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Marxism, This Tale of Two Cities 1
1 The Meaning of Dialectics 11
2 Social Relations as Subject Matter 23
3 The Philosophy of Internal Relations 51
4 In Defense of the Philosophy of Internal Relations 51
5 Putting Dialectics to Work: The Process of Abstraction in Marx's Method 59
6 Studying History Backward: A Neglected Feature of Marx's Materialist Conception of History 115
7 Dialectic as Inquiry and Exposition 127
8 Marxism and Political Science: Prolegomenon to a Debate on Marx's Method 135
9 Why Dialectics? Why Now? or, How to Study the Communist Future Inside the Capitalist Present 155
10 Critical Realism in Light of Marx's Process of Abstraction 173
11 Marx's Dialectical Method Is More Than a Mode of Exposition: A Critique of Systematic Dialectics 182
12 Why Does the Emperor Need the Yakuza? Prolegomonenon to a Marxist Theory of the Japanese State 193
Bibliography 217
Index of Names and Ideas 223
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2004

    Book becomes overwhelming b/c of the amount of information presented.

    Overall, I felt that the book was informative. It provides a good perspective on how Marx derived many of his ideas and beliefs. However, the one downside I would have to say is that it provides a lot of difficult information. The author bombards you with a great deal of terms and ideas that at times are hard to grasp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2004

    Good book outlining how Marx thinks

    I enjoyed Dance of the Dialectic and did a presentation on it in my Marxism class. It goes in-depth into how Marx thinks, how he uses terminalogy, how he comes up with his different terms, and explains the basis behind how Marx comes up with his theories using the dialectic. I was asked a question during my presentation of whether this was Ollman's interpretation of Marx dialectic or basically Ollman's own dialectic. The terminalogy and phrases Ollman uses to define the different characteristics of Marx's dialectic (such as 'thought concrete') I have not found in Marx's writing, leading me to believe Ollman invented some of these terms that Marx would have never used. Although it is what these terms represent that is important, it can, I suppose, also be argued that the meaning behind these terms he uses are not really what Marx conciously meant to use. These could be Ollman's understandings and assumptions of how Marx used the dialectic. Perhaps he is putting words into Marx's mouth by categorizing all the different steps of Marx's dialectic (there are 7 steps of 'level of generality' alone), which Marx may have never consciously known he was doing. However, I claim to be no expert on Marx, but I do have some knowledge of his writings and the history of him. I have not found much literature on Marx's dialectic compared to all the other stuff written about Marx, and this book is a great way to see inside Marx and Marx's thought process. Ollman offers an organized and very interesting analysis of Marx's thought process. I would encourage those interested in reading about Marx's method of using the Dialectic to buy this book.

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