[Marxism] Alexander Bogdanov and Russian Machism

Jim Farmelant farmelantj at juno.com
Fri Dec 23 09:02:58 MST 2016

McKenzie Wark:   The post above frames Bogdanov's argument in Lenin's terms, which distorts it. What Bogdanov thought he was doing is providing a Marxist explanation for where the categories of 'materialism' and 'idealism' come from in the first place. This necessarily entails a refusal of the dogmatic 'materialism' of Plekhanov and Lenin. One need not agree with Bogdanov on this, but one cannot even think it without some distance from the polemical distortions of Plekhanov and Lenin.
Jim Farmelant:     Bogdanov also took Ernst Mach to task for not fully overcoming the dualism between subjective and objective perspectives. So for Bogdanov, Mach's empiriocriticism, tended to be oriented towards contemplation rather than action. It sought a pure description of the world as it is, rather than attempting to change the world. To m mind, Bogdanov's proposed revisions of Machism, brought his own philosophical perspective closer to American pragmatism.
Jim Farmelant:     And yes, for Bogdanov, the emergence of the distinction between the physical and mental realms was to be understood historically.
McKenzie Wark:   Jim Farmelant the parallel to pragmatism is indeed an interesting one.

Jim Farmelant
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From: Fred Murphy via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu>
Subject: Re: [Marxism] Alexander Bogdanov and Russian Machism
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:23:53 -0500

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