The Nature of Human Brain Work: An Introduction to Dialectics

By: Dietzgen, Joseph

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New. No dust jacket as issued. Brand New! Support Independent Pacific Northwest Booksellers! Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 176 p. Audience: General/trade. Called by Marx Philosopher of Socialism, " Joseph Dietzgen was a pioneer of dialectical materialism and a fundamental influence on anarchist and socialist thought who we would do well not to forget. Dietzgen examines what we do when we think. He discovered that thinking is a process involving two opposing processes: generalization, and specialization. All thought is therefore a dialectical process. Our knowledge is inherently limited however, which makes truth relative and the seeking of truth on-going. only absolute is existence itself, or the universe, everything else is limited or relative. Although a philosophical materialist, he extended these concepts to include all that was real, existing or had an impact upon the world. Thought and matter were no longer radically separated as in older forms of materialism. Nature of Human Brain Work is vital for theorists today in that it lays the basis for a non-dogmatic, flexible, non-sectarian, yet principled socialist politics.


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This primer on dialectical materialism is the first and best-known work of a pioneer of socialist philosophy. Joseph Dietzgen, a tanner by trade, was self-taught and developed his theory of dialectical materialism independently of Karl Marx. In this book he argues that thinking is a process involving two opposing aspectsgeneralization and specializationand all thought is therefore a dialectical process. Knowledge is limited, truth is relative, and the only absolute is existence itself.This cornerstone of socialist philosophy lays the foundation for a nondogmatic, flexible, nonsectarian yet principled socialist politics."

Title: The Nature of Human Brain Work: An Introduction to Dialectics

Author Name: Dietzgen, Joseph

Categories: Philosophy,

Publisher: PM Press: 2010-05-01

ISBN Number: 1604860367

ISBN Number 13: 9781604860368

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

Type: Paperback

Seller ID: Alibris0015311