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10 An Outline of the Systematic-Dialectical Method: Scientific and Political Significance

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Marx and Hegel both contributed to development of the method of systematic dialectical presentation, or systematic dialectics (SD). This chapter reconstructs this method, and fills in, or makes explicit, any apparent methodological gaps, with a view to what we can learn through SD in the investigation of the contemporary political economy of capitalism. The chapter provides a synopsis of the method and sets out the concepts and principles of research prior to an SD presentation. SD is a superb scientific method for the synthesis of knowledge about a social system, and thus for the comprehension of a political economy. In terms of the history of thought, the SD method connects substantially with Hegel's Logic of Essence. The chapter refers mainly to the capitalist political economy, from which it takes examples, generally with reference to Marx's Capital, which is assumed to be the most well-known SD text.

Keywords: capitalism; Hegel; Marx; political economy; systematic dialectical presentation



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