[Marxism] Marx, materialism and idealism
james.irldaly at ntlworld.com
Sun Jun 1 04:43:44 MDT 2008
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From: "Haines Brown" <brownh at hartford-hwp.com>
To: "James Daly" <james.irldaly at ntlworld.com>
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Subject: Re: [Marxism] Marx, materialism and idealism
Sorry for the delay in getting back to Haines's welcome reply...
The inanities of Diamat about idealism and materialism seem to be the too
easily resolved conflict over which came first -- rocks or brains.
Sorry for the perhaps provocative, smart alec throwaway line, but it is an
expression of resentment over ruthless state and (all)party enforcement of
conformity about mind-boggling propositions, which derived from a Kautskyan
and Plekhanovite mechanistic bourgeois mindset which ejected the writings of
Marx's formative years out of the canon as juvenilia. That's why I called
it Diamat and not dialectical materialism. I still stand by what I said
about Hegel, Feuerbach and Marx, and I think that is a quasi-agitprop call
to arms, whereas setting the task as getting the framework of the universe
right seems, wrongly no doubt, an invitation to soporific quietism.
In fact I fully recognize the value of Haines's anti-positivist, realist and
emergentist reconstruction of "dialectical materialism", and I acknowledge
that I have not paid sufficient attention to that area of thought, which I
came across in Roy Bhaskar, and which I think could be related to the
Aristotelianism in Marx to which Scott Meikle has drawn our attention.
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