THEODORE OIZERMAN - MARXIST PHILOSOPHY

Ralph Dumain rdumain at igc.apc.org
Sat Mar 4 00:27:25 MST 1995


In rummaging through my books recently as part of my endeavor to
construct the bibliography I recently uploaded, I came across
something of interest I had never read before: DIALECTICAL
MATERIALISM AND THE HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY by Theodore Oizerman
(Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1982).  Much to my surprise, I found
some good stuff in this book, esp. in section 1, on problems in
treating the history of philosophy, esp. problems in Hegel's
treatment of history of philosophy.  Throughout the book, the
author's great strength is pinpointing the deleterious
intellectual consequences that inevitably follow from idealism.

Why then be surprised?  Well, it is true that if nothing else, the
Soviet philosophers were always adept at rousting out idealism,
but I never wanted to read anything they wrote about the history
of anything, because so many of them were such liars as befits the
entire Stalinist heritage.  But instead of finding the lies I was
accustomed to in other sovietsky pap, I actually found some
intelligent stuff here.  What a pleasant surprise.

Oizerman wrote some other books which were translated into
English.  I don't have any of them.  I am interested in anything
treating of the history of philosophy.  Among those I am most
interested in Oizerman's THE MAKING OF THE MARXIST PHILOSOPHY,
which was recommended years ago but which I never bought simply
assuming it would lie about Marx.  Has anybody read this tome, and
if so, what do you think of it?  Thoroughness and accuracy?  In
how much detail and thoroughness does it treat of Marx's entire
experience of and relation to philosophy from student years on?
Ie. Marx's relation not just to Hegelian dialectics, but to
Epicurus, Fichte, the whole shmear?


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