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Marxism is dialectical, Novack explains. It considers all phenomena in their development, in their transition from one state to another. And it is materialist, explaining the world as matter in motion that exists prior to and independently of human consciousness.

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Overview

Marxism is dialectical, Novack explains. It considers all phenomena in their development, in their transition from one state to another. And it is materialist, explaining the world as matter in motion that exists prior to and independently of human consciousness.

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This book is a collection of lectures given in 1942 that comprise a defense and explanation of the logical method of Marxist dialectical materialism, and its relevance to the working class movement. The lectures were given by George Novack (1905-1992), a longstanding leader of the Socialist Workers Party, in the context of an intra-party controversy on the eve of the Second World War over the party's defense of the Soviet Union in war. James Burnham and Max Shachtman, who had together questioned the validity and usefulness of the method, left the SWP in the wake of the debate. Novack contrasts dialectical materialism to formal logic, describing how formal logic isolates itself from material reality and fails to recognize the dynamic nature of that reality. In explaining dialectical materialism, Novack also provides a brief history of its origins in the work of Hegel and then in Marx's reworking of Hegel. New index and enlarged type. (Annotation ©2010 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780873480185
  • Publisher: Pathfinder Press GA
  • Publication date: 1/1/1971
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2002

    basic, clear, deep, the real thing

    Leon Trotsky asked George Novack to study this topic, give the lectures involved, write this book. George always saw this as his task in memorial to the OLD MAN, and his duty to take up the cudgels of Marxist Philosophy. Once real Marxism is revived in the world, George Novack will become know as the leading Marxist Philsopher after the Russians, Lenin, Trotsky, Plekhanov and all the revisionist, pseudo marxist, academic fools will be known for what they are. This is a book that registers the transformation of a man, what being a revolutionist can bring into your life. It is simple, clear, but not superficial, and it begins your trip through the many texts George wrote continuing what Marx Lenin and Trotsky taught. Maybe you can get the flame and continue the battle forward.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2002

    nothing is more practical than a good theory

    This book is the compilation of a lecture series in which a scholar lad bare a fundamental shortcoming underlying how science is understood and viewed in modern society and -- true to form -- offered an improvement. Mr. Novack carefully cultivated his skill in fulfilling one of the unwritten rules of science: he proved a profound understanding of rigorous concepts by rendering them in everyday terms. The result is gems like this one. So why is philosophy important? There is much wisdom in the proverb, 'nothing is more practical than a good theory.' If you can't think your way out of a paper bag, how can you change the world? The contradictions and misconceptions of 'globalization' must be understood on their own terms so as to be able to break through them and establish a new order. This is precisely the type of push-pull interaction that exemplifies the dialectical nature of reality Novack explained so clearly in this volume. Read it. Reason is what will build the foundations for a reasonable world. If you, too, are disgusted by how much creative energy is wasted by designing and advertising useless products, if you're revolted by the logic of a society that can justify bombing the world's poorest nations, killing a dozen or a hundred of their citizens daily, as a perfectly reasonable way of keeping its economic indexes from slipping a fraction of a point: then George Novack is for you!

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