Notes on Dialectics

Notes on Dialectics : Hegel, Marx, Lenin

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C.L.R. James is one of the leading Marxist interpreters of colonialism and anti-colonial struggle in the twentieth century. Famous for his literary and cultural, as well as theoretical, writings, his thinking engaged with a vast range of issues including civil rights, race, class, socialism, cricket and cultural production. "Notes on Dialectics", first published in 1948, is his key theoretical work. It is one of the most complex and original Marxist documents ever to come out of the United States, where C.L.R. James lived for fifteen years. It provides a thorough re-examination of the Hegelian foundations of Marxist theory and a new interpretation of the history of the labour movement through a close engagement with Hegel's Logic. To this day, the book represents a brilliant example of a living, productive engagement with Marxist theory and politics. This new edition, with a new introduction from leading C.L.R. James scholar, ensures that this classic book will continue to reach a new generation of scholars and students of Marxist theory as well as activists.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 6 b&w photographs
  • 0745324916
  • 9780745324913

Table of contents

Editor's Foreword; Robert A. Hill; Introduction; Pier Paolo Frassinelli; C.L.R. James in Nevada; Dennis Dworkin; Notes on Dialectic; Part I; The Natural Moments of Thought; Introduction; Understanding and Reason; Some Historical Observations on Understanding; Preface to the Second Edition of Hegel's Science of Logic; Understanding and Reflection; The Natural Moments of Thought; The Object of the Investigation; Part II:; The Hegelian Logic; The Doctrine of Being; The Doctrine of Essence; Review and Leninist Interlude; Appearance and Reality; The Doctrine of the Notion; Leninism and the Notion; Part III; The Dialectic in Action; The Universal of 1948; Trotskyism - Synthetic Cognition; The Absolute Idea; The Leap; Dialectic in Action; The French Revolution in Historical Logic; Part I; Part II; Part III; Practice; Epilogue; "This thing on dialectic"; Notes & Comments; Afterword; Sam Weinstein.
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About C. L. R. James

C. L. R. James (1901-1989) is a world famous historian, novelist, cultural and political theoretician and activist. He is the author of several books, including Minty Alley (1936); The Black Jacobins (1938); Mariners, Renegades and Castaways: The Story of Herman Melville and the World We Live In (1953) and Beyond A Boundary (1963) Most of James' books remain in print, despite having been published over 50 years ago. Pier Paolo Frassinelli is a Research Fellow at the School of Literature and Language Studies, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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