What good is dialectics?

m.lepore at genie.geis.com m.lepore at genie.geis.com
Tue Jun 13 05:23:00 MDT 1995

 I don't see what usefulness Marxism expects to get from dialectics.
 I've read Engels' _Anti-Duhring_ and _The Dialectics of Nature_ about
 a dozen times over the past 25 years, and I still don't get the
 point.  Okay, so the interaction of opposites can be identified in
 many transformations: in physics, biology, geology, human history,
 and psychology.  Things may contain the seeds of their opposites.
 Quantity turns into quality.  There are numerous examples.  So what?
 Those facts still don't leave us with a method to test whether any
 particular statement is true or false, so dialectics isn't a method
 of logic.  I'm not sure what it is.  It seems to be so ambiguous that
 conservatives, reformers and revolutionists could all claim these
 principles in support of their positions.

                                    Mike Lepore   mlepore at mcimail.com

 I think my article of June 9, with the Subject header "Socialism -
 Science - Religion," was a reply to a thread in LEFT-L, but I
 accidentally mailed it to MARXISM.  Sorry for any confusion.

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