[Marxism] book reviewer wanted

george snedekerg snedekerg at verizon.net
Sun Dec 23 14:39:27 MST 2012


I am looking for someone to review a book called: TOWARD A DIALECTIC OF PHILOSOPHY AND ORGANIZATION by Eugene Gogol for Socialism and Democracy. The reviewer needs to have a good knowledge of Hegel and Marx. The book is about political organization. If you are interested write to me at snedekerg at verizon.net I will print the contents of the book below: 

Toward a Dialectic of Philosophy and Organization

By Eugene Gogol

CONTENTS

Introduction: Philosophy, Organization, and the Work of Raya
Dunayevskaya .............................................................................................................1
I. The Contradictory Reality of the Present Moment and
Its Relation to a Dialectic of Philosophy and Organization ..............2
II. The Project of Dunayevskaya: Dialectics of Organization
and Philosophy ..............................................................................................3
III. The Form for the Present Study ................................................................8

Prologue: The Dialectic in Philosophy Itself ................................................... 11
I. What Is Hegel's Journey of Absolute Spirit? ....................................... 12
II. Why a Negation of the Negation? .......................................................... 16
III. Can We See Hegel's Absolutes, Not as a Closed Totality,
but As New Beginning? ............................................................................ 19

PART ONE
ON SPONTANEOUS FORMS OF ORGANIZATION VS.
VANGUARD PARTIES

1. Marx's Concept of Organization: From the Silesian Weavers'
Uprising to the First Years of the International Workingmen's
Association .......................................................................................................... 43
I. A Preliminary Note-Revolutionary Organization
and the Organization of Thought ......................................................... 43
II. 1843-52: Critique of Ideas/Tendencies, and the Movement
of the Workers ............................................................................................. 44
III. From the Early 1850s to the Early 1860s: A Brief Note on
Marx's Organization of Thought and the "Party" .............................. 59
IV. A New Organizational Form: Marx and the International
Workingmen's Association ....................................................................... 60

2. The Commune of Paris, 1871: Mass Spontaneity in Action and
Thought Fused with the Responsibility of the Revolutionary
Intellectual: The Two-War Road Between Marx
and the Commune ............................................................................................ 65
I. A Non-State State: The Paris Commune as a Form
of Workers' Rule ......................................................................................... 65
II. The Civil War in France- Drafts and Address, and the
French Edition of Capital........................................................................ 75
III. The Commune Deepens Marx's Concept of
Organization-The First International After 1871 ............................ 79
Appendix: Marx, Excerpts from First and Second Drafts
of The Civil War in France ................................................................................. 83

3. The Second International, The German Social Democracy,
and Engels after Marx-Organization without Marx's
Organization of Thought ................................................................................. 89
I. A Preliminary Note on Lassalle .............................................................. 89
II. Fetishism of Organization: The Second International
and the Germany Social Democracy ................................................... 91
III. Engels' Relation to German Social Democracy
and to Marx's Marxism: What Tactics? What Theory?
What Philosophy? ..................................................................................... 95
Appendix: "The Interlude that Never Ended Organizationally" ................ 99

4. The 1905 Russian Revolution: Mass Proletarian Self-Activity
and Its Relation to the Organizational Thought of Marxist
Revolutionaries ................................................................................................103
I. 1905 in Life and in Books: New Forms of Struggle;
New Forms of Organization .................................................................104
II. Trotsky, Lenin, Luxemburg: Attitudes Toward and
Theoretical Ramifications of 1905, Particularly
with Regard to Revolutionary Organization ....................................111

5. The Russian Revolution of 1917 and Beyond: Workers'
Forms of Organization: Lenin and the Bolsheviks ................................139
I. February-October, 1917: Forms of Organization From
Below; Developments and Struggles Within Bolshevism ............139
II. Russia post-October: Workers, Bolsheviks and the
State-New Beginnings and Grave Contradictions
in the Revolution .....................................................................................158

6. Out of the Russia Revolution: Legacy and Critique-
Luxemburg, Pannekoek, Trotsky .................................................................173
I. Luxemburg and Two Revolutions-Russia, 1917-18;
Germany, 1918-19 ....................................................................................173
II. Pannekoek's Council Communism ....................................................180
III. In Exile: A Brief Note on Trotsky's Concept
of Revolutionary Organization and View
of Proletarian Subjectivity ....................................................................184

7. Organizational Forms from the Spanish Revolution, 1936-37 ............187
I. The Revolution Begins and Develops ................................................188
II. The Communist Party Works to Dismantle the Revolution ........192

8. The Hungarian Workers' Councils in the Revolution:
A Movement from Practice that is a Form of Theory ............................197
Prelude: East Germany, 1953 .........................................................................197
I. Hungary: The First Days ........................................................................198
II. The Turning Point ...................................................................................202
III. The Counter-Revolution and the Proletarian Response...............204
IV. Postscript: Brief Notes on East Europe, post-Hungary
1956-Resistance-in-Permanence; Contradictions
Within .........................................................................................................206

PART TWO
HEGEL AND MARX

9. Can "Absolute Knowing" in Hegel's Phenomenology
Speak to a Dialectic of Organization and Philosophy? .........................211
I. A Note on Hegel's Method in Absolute Knowledge ......................211
II. Marx's "Critique of the Hegelian Dialectic" .....................................213
III. Spirit's Journey in Absolute Knowledge: Externalization
(Entäusserung) and Recollection/Inwardization
(Erinnerung) .............................................................................................219
IV. The Dialectic in Philosophy Itself: Does It Bring Forth a
Dialectic of Organization?-A Reading of Absolute
Knowing from Dunayevskaya ...............................................................222

10. Critique of the Gotha Program: Marx's Critique of a So-Called
Socialist Program; his Projection of Communism; What is its
Meaning for Today? .......................................................................................227
Appendix: Marx on Necessity, Freedom, Time and Labor .........................242

PART THREE
HEGEL AND LENIN

11. Lenin and Hegel: The Profound Philosophic Breakthrough
that Failed to Encompass Revolutionary Organization .......................249
I. Introduction .............................................................................................249
II. A Preliminary Note on Lenin's Philosophic Exploration
of Hegel ......................................................................................................251
III. A Brief Survey of Dunayevskaya's Explorations, Pre-1986,
of Lenin's Hegelian Vantage Point. .....................................................255
IV. Dunayevskaya's 'Changed Perception of Lenin's
Philosophic Ambivalence': Fusing a mid-1980s Vantage
Point with a 1953 Philosophic Breakthrough ...................................259
V. Dunayevskaya's New Reading of Lenin: Fusing 1986-87
Perceptions with Her 1953 Philosophic Moment ...........................272
VI. Organizational Ramifications .............................................................276

12. Hegel's Critique of the Third Attitude to Objectivity-Its
Relation to Organization .............................................................................279
I. Introduction: The Three Attitudes to Objectivity ..........................279
II. Dunayevskaya's 1961 Reading of the Third Attitude
to Objectivity ............................................................................................284
III. Dunayevskaya's 1986 Reading of the Third Attitude
to Objectivity ............................................................................................286

PART FOUR
DIALECTICS OF PHILOSOPHY AND ORGANIZATION IN THE
POST-WORLD WAR II WORLD: THE WORK OF RAYA DUNAYEVSKAYA

13. Moments in the Development of Dunayevskaya's
Marxist-Humanism .......................................................................................293
I. A Preliminary Note on War and Revolution as Turning
Points for Radical Thought: The Moment of the Theory of
State-Capitalism as Needed Ground for Marxist-Humanism.....293
II. Dunayevskaya's Letters on Hegel's Absolutes, May 12 and
20 1953: "The Philosophic Moment of Marxist-Humanism" ........299
III. The Organization of Thought which Determines
Organizational Life: Developing Marxist-Humanism and
News and Letters Committees ...........................................................310
IV. Dunayevskaya's Presentation on Dialectics of Organization
and Philosophy, June 1, 1987-A New Philosophic Category
and a Challenge for News and Letters Praxis .................................320
Appendices: 1. Dunayevskaya Letter on Meeting a Cameroonian
Revolutionary (Excerpt) ......................................................................................327
2. Dunayevskaya in 1949-50 Miners' General Strike .............................327
3. Preamble to the Original Constitution of News and Letters
Committees, 1956 .......................................................................................329

PART FIVE
CONCLUSION

14. What Philosophic-Organizational Vantage Point Is Needed? ...........335
I. Recent Challenges to Hegel's Dialectics of Negativity .................335
II. What Is the Dialectic of Marx's Capital? ..........................................362
III. Once Again Hegel's Dialectic of Negativity-Its
Concretization/Praxis as Organizational Expression;
Its Meaning for Today ...........................................................................373

Bibliography ...........................................................................................................385

Index .........................................................................................................................389




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