Philosophy and Revolution

Philosophy and Revolution : From Hegel to Sartre, and from Marx to Mao

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Few thought systems have been as distorted and sometimes misconstrued as those of Marx and Hegel. Philosophy and Revolution, presented here in a new edition, attempts to save Marx from interpretations which restrict the revolutionary significance of the philosophy behind his theory. Developing her breakthrough on Hegel's Absolute Idea, Raya Dunayevskaya, who died in the June of 1987, aims at a total liberation of the human person-not only from the ills of a capitalist society, but also from the equally oppressive state capitalism of established communist governments.show more

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  • Paperback | 424 pages
  • 137.2 x 213.4 x 25.4mm | 498.96g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739105590
  • 9780739105597
  • 871,262

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Lukacs and Korsch had proposed a similar, Hegelian reading. Yet a notable difference separates Dunayevskaya from these earlier positions. Their interpretation had limited the revolutionary impact of hegel's thought to the socio-political order. Dunayevskaya aims at a total liberation of the human person ... She assumes within her theory of class struggle issues as diverse as feminism [and] black liberation... -- Louis Dupre, Yale University There a few better guides to grasping Marx's philosophy and his theory of revolution (and the internal relation between the two) than Raya Dunayevskaya. And when one adds the impressive insights on how to apply both in the present period, it is evident tha tthis is a work that no serious radical- scholar or layman/woman- can afford to miss. -- Bertell Ollman, New York University Dunayevskaya ... has discovered a concept of freedom in Hegel that engages us to see freedom as a self-determination that is a free release rather than a movement of becoming other... Should feminists bother with Hegel? Dunayevskaya's voice returns us to an affirmative response. While Hegel used his own analysis to affirm the subordination of women, there is still much in his analysis of the pathway to freedom, especially in the Logic, that is not exclusively male but which helps us to reflect on a truly human freedom. -- Patricia Altenbernd Johnson, University of Dayton This insight goes far beyond those of participatory action research, and in some ways even beyond those of Paulo Freire. For those of us who lived through the 1960s and saw (and took part in) the renewal of sociology, economics, political science, philosophy, and other fields by the movements of that period, her analysis rings true. Contemporary Sociology For everyone who is seriously interested in the forces which form and deform the present and the future, this book is to be most warmly recommended. -- Erich Fromm, from the Foeword to the German Editionshow more

About Raya Dunayevskaya

Raya Dunayevskaya, who died in June 1987, was the founder of Marxist Humanism in the United States. Philosophy and Revolution is the second work of what the author called her "trilogy of revolution." These works represent the development of her 1953 breakthrough on Hegel's Absolute Idea, when she saw within the Absolute Idea a movement from practice as a well as a movement from theory. She perceived this unity as a vision of a new human society.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Why Hegel? Why Now? The Ceaseless Movement of Ideas and of History Chapter 2 The Phenomenology of Mind, or Experiences of Consciousness Chapter 3 The Science of Logic, or Attitudes to Objectivity Chapter 4 The Philosophy of Mind: A Movement from Practice Chapter 5 A New Continent of Thought: Marx's Historical Materialism and Its Inseparability from the Hegelian Dialetic Chapter 6 The 1840s: Birth of Historical Materialism Chapter 7 The 1850s: The Grundrisse, Then and Now: 1. "Progressive Epochs of Social Formations" 2. The "Automaton" and the Worker Chapter 8 The Adventures of the Commodity as Fetish Chapter 9 The Shock of Recognition and the Philosophic Ambivalence of Lenin Part 10 Alternatives Chapter 11 On the Eve of World War II: Depression in the Economy and in Thought Chapter 12 Leon Trotsky as Theoretician Chapter 13 The Theory of Permanent Revolution Chapter 14 The Nature of the Russian Economy, or Making a Fixed Particular into a New Universal Chapter 15 Leadership, Leadership Chapter 16 The Thought of Mao Tse-tung Chapter 17 Discontinuities and Continuities: 1. The Sino-Soviet Conflict 2. That Crucial Year 1965 and "The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution," 1966-69 Chapter 18 From Contradiction to Contradiction to Contradiction Chapter 19 Alienation and Revolution: 1. Hong Kong Interview 2. Sheng Wu-lien: The Challenge from the Left Chapter 20 Jean-Paul Sartre: Outsider Looking In Chapter 21 "The Progressive-Regressive Method" Chapter 22 The Dialectic and the Fetish Part 23 Economic Reality and the Dialectics of Liberation Chapter 24 The African Revolutions and the World Economy Chapter 25 Neocolonialism and the Totality of the World Crisis Chapter 26 New Human Relations or Tragedies Like Biafra? Chapter 27 State Capitalism and the East European Revolts Chapter 28 The Movement from Practice Is Itself a Form of Theory Chapter 29 Theory and Theory Chapter 30 Once Again, Praxis and the Quest for Universality Chapter 31 New Passions and New Forces: The Black Dimension, the Anti-Vietnam War Youth, Rank-and-File Labor, Women's Liberationshow more

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