butlering along

Charles Brown CharlesB at CNCL.ci.detroit.mi.us
Thu Feb 4 06:05:45 PST 1999

>>> Chuck Grimes <cgrimes at tsoft.com> 02/04 12:37 AM >>>
So, given this very tentative idea, then it would be interesting to know if Marx saw this--and what he thought about it. ________

Charles: Chuck, have you looked at the Afterword to the Second German Edition of Capital vol. 1, where Marx compares and contrasts his dialectic with Hegel's ?

"My dialectic method is not only different from the Hegelian, but is its direct opposite. To Hegel, the life-process of the human brain , i.e., the process of thinking, which, under the name of "the idea", he even transforms into an independent subject, is the demiurgos of the real world, and the real world is only the external, phenomenal form of "the idea." With me (Marx), on the contrary, the ideal is nothing else than the material world reflected by the human mind, and translated in to forms of thought...The mystifying side of Hegelian dialectic I criticised nearly thirty years ago, at a time whe it was the fashion...The mystification which dialectic suffers in Hegel's hands, by no means prevents him from being the first to present its general form of working in comprehensive and conscious manner.." et al.

Charles Brown

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