[OPE-L:1559] Re: Lenin and Hegel

Jurriaan Bendien (djjb99@worldonline.nl)
Sat, 23 Oct 1999 22:37:44 +0100

Michael wrote:

 Lenin's position on Hegel (among
>other things) altered significantly in the course of reading the Science of
>Logic (which he did in 1914 or 1915 in preparation of an encyclopedia
>article. I'm away from my notes right now so can't give exact references by
>I do recall that in 1922 he wrote very favourably about the 'Materialist
>Friends of the Hegelian dialectic". I've tended to see a qualititative
>shift in his writings after 1914 but I haven't explored that
>systematically. In any event, do check out the volume because it includes
>remarks that Lenin makes re Capital, too,--- although nothing, alas, about
>a missing book.

I think Michael is correct, although the outbreak of world war 1 would
naturally tend to cause a "qualitative shift" in thinking. You might want
also to consult an article by Michael Lowy, "From the Logic of Hegel to the
Finland Station in Petrograd" in the Glasgow journal "Critique" published
by Hillel Ticktin. Incidentally Stalin distrusted "Hegelian" Marxists and
generally had them deported or shot. Luckily Gyorgy Lukacs managed to stay

In solidarity


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