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Readings Upon Dialectics

Thursday 22 February 2018, by Robert Paris

Readings Upon Dialectics

“The whole world, natural, historical, intellectual, is represented as a process – i.e., as in constant motion, change, transformation, development; and the attempt is made to trace out the internal connection that makes a continuous whole of all this movement and development.”

Engels, Socialism: Utopian & Scientific

"It is an eternal cycle in which matter moves, a cycle that certainly only completes its orbit in periods of time for which our terrestrial year is no adequate measure, a cycle in which the time of highest development, the time of organic life and still more that of the life of being conscious of nature and of themselves, is just as narrowly restricted as the space in which life and self-consciousness come into operation. A cycle in which every finite mode of existence of matter, whether it be sun or nebular vapour, single animal or genus of animals, chemical combination or dissociation, is equally transient, and wherein nothing is eternal but eternally changing, eternally moving matter and the laws according to which it moves and changes.”

Fredrick Engels, Dialectics of Nature, Introduction

"Motion is the mode of existence of matter. Never anywhere has there been matter without motion, or motion without matter, nor can there be."

"Change of form of motion is always a process that takes place between at least two bodies, of which one loses a definite quantity of motion of one quality (e.g. heat), while the other gains a corresponding quantity of motion of another quality (mechanical motion, electricity, chemical decomposition). "Dialectics, so-called objective dialectics, prevails throughout nature, and so-called subjective dialectics (dialectical thought), is only the reflection of the motion through opposites which asserts itself everywhere in nature, and which by the continual conflict of the opposites and their final passage into one another, or into higher forms, determines the life of nature."

Fredrick Engels, Dialectics of Nature

“But dialectical materialism insists on the approximate relative character of every scientific theory of the structure of matter and its properties; it insists on the absence of absolute boundaries in nature, on the transformation of moving matter from one state into another, that from our point of view [may be] apparently irreconcilable with it, and so forth.”

Vladimir Lenin, Materialism and Empirio-criticism

“With each epoch-making discovery even in the sphere of natural science, materialism has to change its form; and after history was also subjected to materialistic treatment, a new avenue of development has opened here, too.”

Chap. 2, Fredrick Engels The End of Classical German Philosophy

"For dialectical philosophy nothing is final, absolute, sacred. It reveals the transitory character of everything and in everything; nothing can endure before it except the uninterrupted process of becoming and of passing away, of endless ascendancy from the lower to the higher."

Fredrick Engels, The End of Classical German Philosophy

What is Dialectics?

Theses on Dialectics

Formal Logic and Dialectical Logic

Dialectics of Nature

The ABC of Materialist Dialectics

Theoretical physics and dialectics of nature

Dialectical Materialism

Chaos and Dialectics

The Dialectics of Geology

Hegel, Marx and Dialectic

Dialectical Materialism

Aspects of dialectics and non-linear dynamics

Dialectical Materialism and the Fate of Humanity

Notes on Dialectics : The Hegelian Logic

As Hegel’s dialectic asserts, science demonstrates that nature makes leaps

Dialectical Contradictions

Contribution to the debate on the dialectic philosophy concerning the mode of formation and transformation of matter, life, man and society

Why talk about the dialectic of nature?

Lenin on Dialectics

The physics of matter and the dialectical philosophy

Must We Speak of the Dialectics of Matter?

Hegel’s Philosophy of Nature

How Hegel Summarizes Himself his Philosophical Ideas

Dialectics is life. Thinking the world without the dynamics of contradictions is death....

Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy in General By Marx

The Materialist Conception of History – The Dialectic – By Kautsky

The Theory of Knowledge of Empirio-Criticism and of Dialectical Materialism, By Lenin

History and Dialectic, By Claude Lévi-Strauss

Dialectical Philosophy

Other Readings Upon ialectics

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