Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx's Method

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University of Illinois Press, 2003 - Philosophy - 232 pages
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Bertell Ollman has been hailed as "this country's leading authority on dialectics and Marx's method" by Paul Sweezy, the editor of Monthly Review and dean of America's Marx scholars. In this book Ollman offers a thorough analysis of Marx's use of dialectical method. Marx made extremely creative use of dialectical method to analyze the origins, operation, and direction of capitalism. Unfortunately, his promised book on method was never written, so that readers wishing to understand and evaluate Marx's theories, or to revise or use them, have had to proceed without a clear grasp of the dialectic in which the theories are framed. The result has been more disagreement over "what Marx really meant" than over the writings of any other major thinker. In putting Marx's philosophy of internal relations and his use of the process of abstraction--two little-studied aspects of dialectics--at the center of this account, Ollman provides a version of Marx's method that is at once systematic, scholarly, clear, and eminently useful. Ollman not only sheds important new light on what Marx really meant in his varied theoretical pronouncements, but in carefully laying out the steps in Marx's method he makes it possible for a reader to put the dialectic to work in his or her own research. He also convincingly argues the case for why social scientists and humanists as well as philosophers should want to do so.
  

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I was exremely disappointed by this book.Ollman's writing is incomprehensible.He uses abstractions to qualify further abstractions.A waste of paper.If you want to understand Marx's dialectic read Engel's 'Anti-Duhring'.It's clearly written unlike this obscure muck.

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Good introduction ; Ollman is good at simplifying complex topics. Get his "Alienation" as well. Read full review

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Jonathan Birnbaum is the editor of "Racial Profiling" (forthcoming) and the co-editor of "Civil Rights Since 1787: A Reader on the Black Struggle" (also available from NYU Press). His work has appeared in the "Guardian, " "New Politics, Socialism and Democracy, New Political Science, " and other publications.

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