Power Of Negativity

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Raya Dunayevskaya is hailed as the founder of Marxist-Humanism in the United States. In this new collection of her essays co-editors Peter Hudis and Kevin B. Anderson have crafted a work in which the true power and originality of Dunayevskaya's ideas are displayed. This extensive collection of writings on Hegel, Marx, and dialectics captures Dunayevskaya's central dictum that, contrary to the established views of Hegelians and Marxists, Hegel was of signal importance to the theory and practice of Marxism. "The ...
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Raya Dunayevskaya is hailed as the founder of Marxist-Humanism in the United States. In this new collection of her essays co-editors Peter Hudis and Kevin B. Anderson have crafted a work in which the true power and originality of Dunayevskaya's ideas are displayed. This extensive collection of writings on Hegel, Marx, and dialectics captures Dunayevskaya's central dictum that, contrary to the established views of Hegelians and Marxists, Hegel was of signal importance to the theory and practice of Marxism. "The Power of Negativity" sheds light not only on Marxist-Humanism and the rooting of Dunayevskaya's Marxist-Humanist theories in Hegel, but also on the life of one of America's most penetrating and provocative critical thinkers.

Author Biography: Peter Hudis is a Chicago-based independent scholar. He is the author of "Harry McShane and the Scottish Roots of Marxist-Humanism" (1995). Kevin B. Anderson is Professor of Sociology at Northern Illinois University. He is author of "Lenin, Hegel, and Western Marxim: A Critical Study" (1995).

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On The Introduction
The introduction by Peter Hudis and Kevin Anderson is a fine essay—so lucid and explicit yet sacrificing no complexity. It should be accessible to a range of people—students, or people recently stimulated to think about the nature of capitalism and the requirements of a different society, as well as longtime socialists who need the "placing" of Raya's thought as it's provided here.
— Adrienne Rich
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Editors' Note
Introduction
Pt. I The Philosophic Moment of Marxist-Humanism
Ch. 1 Presentation on the Dialectics of Organization and Philosophy (June 1, 1987) 3
The Philosophic Point
Dialectics of Organization
Conclusion: Untrodden Paths in Organization
Ch. 2 Letters on Hegel's Absolutes of May 12 and 20, 1953 15
Letter on Hegel's Science of Logic (May 12, 1953)
Letter on Hegel's Philosophy of Mind (May 20, 1953)
Pt. II Studies in Hegelian and Marxian Dialectics, 1956-63
Ch. 3 Notes on Hegel's Phenomenology 35
Ch. 4 Rough Notes on Hegel's Science of Logic 49
Volume I: Objective Logic
Volume II: Subjective Logic or the Doctrine of the Notion
Ch. 5 Notes on the Smaller Logic from the Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences 77
Chapter Two - Preliminary Notion
Chapter Three - First Attitude of Thought Toward the Objective World
Chapter Four - Second Attitude of Thought Toward the Objective World
Chapter Five - Third Attitude of Thought Toward the Objective World
Chapter Six - The Proximate Notion of Logic with its Subdivision
Chapter Seven - First Subdivision of Logic - The Doctrine of Being
Chapter Eight - Second Subdivision of Logic - The Doctrine of Essence
Chapter Nine - Third Subdivision of Logic - The Doctrine of the Notion
Ch. 6 Dialogue on the Dialectic 91
Letter on Marxism and Freedom, from 1776 until Today (May 18, 1956)
Letter to Herbert Marcuse (July 15, 1958)
Letter to Herbert Marcuse (October 16, 1960)
Letter to Herbert Marcuse (January 12, 1961)
Letter to Charles Denby (March 10, 1960)
Letter to Jonathan Spence (June 1, 1961)
Letter to Erich Fromm (November 11, 1963)
Pt. III Theory and Practice at a Turning Point, 1964-71
Ch. 7 Letter of October 27, 1964, to Herbert Marcuse 129
Ch. 8 Hegel's Dialectic and the Freedom Struggles of the 1960s 137
Lecture in Japan on Hegel
Presentation of Black/Red Conference
Logic as Stages of Freedom, Stages of Freedom as Logic, or the Needed American Revolution
Ch. 9 Toward Philosophy and Revolution, from Hegel to Sartre and from Marx to Mao 161
Letter on Hegel's Theory of Tragedy (November 17, 1968)
Letter on Draft of Chapter 1 of Philosophy and Revolution (October 13, 1968)
The Newness of our Philosophic-Historic Contribution
Pt. IV After Philosophy and Revolution: Hegel's Absolutes and Marx's Humanism, 1972-81
Ch. 10 Hegel's Absolute as New Beginning 177
Ch. 11 Hegel, Marx, Lenin, Fanon, and the Dialectics of Liberation Today 191
Ch. 12 On Lukacs' Marxism 213
Letter on Lukacs (December 14, 1972)
Lukacs' Philosophic Dimension
Ch. 13 The Hegel-Marx Relation Revisited 225
Letter to Harry McShane
On the 150th Anniversary of Hegel's Death: How Valid for our Day Are Marx's Hegelian Roots?
Pt. V The Changed World and the Need for Philosophic New Beginnings, 1982-87
Ch. 14 Marxist-Humanism and the Battle of Ideas 237
On the Battle of Ideas: Philosophic-Theoretic Points of Departure as Political Tendencies Respond to the Objective Situation
Letter on Karl Korsch (1983)
Marxist-Humanism: The Summation That Is a New Beginning, Subjectively and Objectively (1983)
Ch. 15 Forces of Revolt as Reason, Philosophy as Force of Revolt 273
Not by Practice Alone: The Movement from Theory
Letter to the Youth on the Needed Total Uprooting of the Old and the Creation of New Human Relations
Dialectics of Revolution and of Women's Liberation
The Power of Abstraction
Ch. 16 Another Look at Hegel's Phenomenology of Mind 319
Letter on Hegel's Phenomenology of Mind (June 26, 1986)
Introduction to "Why Hegel's Phenomenology? Why Now?"
Ch. 17 Reconsidering the Dialectic: Critiquing Lenin ... and the Dialectics of Philosophy and Organization 325
Letter to Louis Dupre
Letter to George Armstrong Kelly
Talking to Myself
On Political Divides and Philosophic New Beginnings
App Excerpts from 1949-51 Philosophic Correspondence with C. L. R. James and Grace Lee Boggs 343
Select Bibliography 357
Index 367
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