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The Hegelian tradition seems to be the very opposite of what Marx had in mind, as indicated by his well-known remark that 'My dialectical method is not only different from the Hegelian, but is its direct opposite'. This chapter sets out that method in more detail thus providing broader conception of dialectical logic as a method of social research. It deals with Engels's dialectics of nature, the one that follows deals with comparison between formal and dialectical logic. The chapter also considers only traditional formal logic for two reasons. First, this is the type of logic used in the social sciences. Second, for the purposes of this work, that is, the comparison between formal and dialectical logic, both types of formal logic share the same drawback, the impossibility to explain contradictions in a constructive way.

Keywords: dialectical logic; dialectical method; formal logic; Hegelian tradition; Marx

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