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Dialectics of the Ideal

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The 'ideal' - or the 'ideality' of phenomena - is too important a category to be handled thoughtlessly and carelessly, as it is associated not only with a Marxist understanding of the essence of idealism, but even with its naming. Among idealistic doctrines this chapter includes all those concepts in philosophy, which take as their starting point of an explanation of history and knowledge a conception of the ideal that is, as it were, partial, unelaborated - as consciousness or will, as thought or as the mind in general, as 'soul' or 'spirit', as 'feeling' or as 'creativity' or as 'socially-organised experience'. The way in which the problem of the 'great opposition' of the ideal and the material was formulated and resolved in philosophy and theoretical psychology is thus safely removed from the sphere of scientific research.

Keywords: idealism; international law; materialism; philosophy; theoretical psychology



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