By Alex Levant, Vesa Oittinen

ISBN-10: 9004230971

ISBN-13: 9789004230972

ISBN-10: 9004246924

ISBN-13: 9789004246928

In Dialectics of the suitable: Evald Ilyenkov and inventive Soviet Marxism Levant and Oittinen offer a window into the subterranean culture of ‘creative’ Soviet Marxism, which constructed at the margins of the Soviet academe and is still mostly outdoors the orbit of latest conception within the West. along with his ‘activity approach’, E.V. Ilyenkov, its vital determine within the post-Stalin interval, makes a considerable contribution towards an anti-reductionist Marxist concept of the subject.

This hugely unique technique might be of curiosity to theorists who search to prevent monetary and cultural reductionism in addition to the malaise of postmodern relativism. This quantity positive factors Levant’s translation of Ilyenkov’s Dialectics of the fitting (2009), which remained unpublished until eventually thirty years after the author’s tragic suicide in 1979, in addition to extra reflections and context by means of modern students.

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I. Dubrovsky as a specialist on ‘cerebral structures’ and ‘neurodynamic processes’?  Dubrovsky 1971, p. 189.  Dubrovsky 1971, p. 188. I. Dubrovsky, then this category must have been misunderstood in philosophy, as a result of various but equally illegitimate and unacceptably broadened or unacceptably narrowed uses of the word ‘ideal’. Then the scientific monopoly on the interpretation of this term, on the question of what it can and cannot ‘denote’, would, according to this position, belong to the physiology of higher nervous activity.

This is why German classical philosophy made such a huge step forward in the scientific comprehension of the nature of the ‘ideal’ – in its actual fundamental opposition to the material in general, including that material organ in the human body, which helps to ‘idealise’ the real world, namely the brain, imprisoned in the human head. For the first time since Plato, philosophy ceased to understand ‘ideality’ as narrowly mental, as in English empiricism, and understood well enough that in no way can the ideal in general be reduced to a simple sum of the ‘mental states of individuals’, and thus interpreted simply as the collective name for these ‘states’.

Lenin is largely known more as a political actor and political theorist than a philosopher. His philosophical work tends to be overshadowed by his political achievements, and it is often dismissed as crudely materialist and identified with the reductionism of Diamat. 68 In fact, some scholars have noted a similar break in his philosophy.  Ilyenkov 2009, p. 22.  Ilyenkov 2009, p. 23, p. 47. Neither of these passages appears in the Daglish translation.  Bakhurst 1991, p. 122.  Mareev 2008, p. 34.

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