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Marxist Tracts

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Contemporary Marxism is a weird conglomerate of ideas, a few of them still with a hint of life, but most of them fossilised. The history of post-Marxist philosophy is a history of the ideas of dying capitalism being confronted and overcome by the savants of Marxism. Dr. John Lewis has recently applied himself to these themes with some vigour, and he writes with an authority that permits the authors to take his views as typical of those current among Marxists. The authors examine just one of his assertions. Dr. Lewis says, for example, that we find in Aristotle 'a doctrine of "substance" and "attribute" and a rigidly formal logic which reflect and justify a static order of society'. This statement is a specific application of the general Marxist doctrine of ideology and all the difficulties of that doctrine are apparent in Dr. Lewis's assertion.

Keywords:capitalism; contemporary Marxism; Dr. John Lewis's assertion; post-Marxist philosophy



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