Re: [OPE-L] Marx: In Our Time

From: michael a. lebowitz (mlebowit@SFU.CA)
Date: Wed Jul 20 2005 - 12:48:40 EDT

>Subject: Re: [OPE-L] Marx: In Our Time
>From:    "Jurriaan Bendien" <>
>Date:    Tue, July 19, 2005 9:48 pm
>The curious part is that Marx himself distanced himself from philosophical
>endeavours and at least in his mature years saw himself as somebody
>scientifically investigating modern society by means of a rational inquiry
>into the known facts. (The German Ideology: "one must leave philosophy
>aside... philosophy is to the real world as masturbation is to sexual love")

Jurriaan is quite wrong about Marx's view of philosophy: in 1858,
Marx said he wanted to get to write a piece on Hegel's method (which
Hegel discovered but mystified) if he could find the time and 10
years later: 'When I have cast off the burden of political economy, I
shall write a "Dialectic". The true laws of dialectics are already
contained in Hegel, though in a mystical form. What is needed is to
strip away this form....' Marx to Joseph Dietzgen, 9 May 1868. He
just had other things on his plate-- but separating them from
philosophy, too, is questionable.

Michael A. Lebowitz
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Simon Fraser University
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