In Defense of the Dialectic

Socialism 2015

July 02, 2015
With Eric Ruder

Among contemporary Marxists, there’s a debate about the usefulness of the dialectical method. According to Marx, his materialist approach rescued Hegel’s dialectic from idealism in order to discover "the rational kernel within the mystical shell.” What is the dialectic? Is the dialectic a crucial aspect or the fatal undoing of a materialist theory of the social world?

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