The Nature of Human Brain Work: An Introduction to Dialectics [NOOK Book]

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This primer on dialectical materialism is the first and best-known work of a pioneer of socialist philosophy. Joseph Dietzgen, a tanner by trade, was self-taught and developed his theory of dialectical materialism independently of Karl Marx. In this book he argues that thinking is a process involving two opposing aspects—generalization and specialization—and all thought is therefore a dialectical process. Knowledge is limited, truth is relative, and the only absolute is existence itself. This cornerstone of ...

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The Nature of Human Brain Work: An Introduction to Dialectics

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Overview

This primer on dialectical materialism is the first and best-known work of a pioneer of socialist philosophy. Joseph Dietzgen, a tanner by trade, was self-taught and developed his theory of dialectical materialism independently of Karl Marx. In this book he argues that thinking is a process involving two opposing aspects—generalization and specialization—and all thought is therefore a dialectical process. Knowledge is limited, truth is relative, and the only absolute is existence itself. This cornerstone of socialist philosophy lays the foundation for a nondogmatic, flexible, nonsectarian yet principled socialist politics.

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Anton Pannekoek
Brilliant contributions to the theory of knowledge. (Anton Pannekoek, author, Lenin as Philosopher)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604863796
  • Publisher: PM Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Joseph Dietzgen was a philosopher of social theory and comrade of Karl Marx whose work influenced Vladimir Lenin. He lived in Germany, Russia, and the U.S., where he became the editor of the anarchist publication Chicagoer Arbeiterzeitung after the previous editors were executed for their role in the Haymarket bombings.

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Table of Contents

I Introduction 5

II Pure Reason or the Faculty of Thought in General 17

III The Nature of Things 33

IV The Practice of Reason in Physical Science 53

(a) Cause and Effect 56

(b) Matter and Mind 66

(c) Force and Matter 70

V "Practical Reason" or Morality 77

(a) The Wise and Reasonable 77

(b) Morality and Right 85

(c) The Holy 96

A Dietzgen Biography 111

Cosmic Dialectics The Libertarian Philosophy of Joseph Dietzgen Larry Gambone Gambone, Larry

Thinking About Thinking 115

Contradiction Inherent in Thought 117

The Limitations of Our Knowledge 118

The Importance of Error 119

Thought Must Have an Object 120

Idealism vs. Materialism 121

Dietzgen's Critique of Bourgeois Materialism 122

The Essential Unity of the World 124

Cause and Effect 126

The Problem of Language 127

Science vs. Scientism 128

Dietzgen's Individualism 130

Dietzgen's Concept of History 130

Dietzgen and the Spiritual 132

Dietzgen's Politics 134

Economics 135

A Dietzgen Bibliography 140

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