Re: [OPE-L] karl marx

From: Dogan Goecmen (Dogangoecmen@AOL.COM)
Date: Thu Nov 02 2006 - 12:32:52 EST

Jerry, I thank you very much for your comments. 
I am conscious about Engels' originality before he met Marx  and after Marx's 
death. So for example his 'Outline to the Critique of Political  Economy'. 
Where is the philosophy of dialectical  materialism, as distinct from 
historical materialism,
to be found in the writings of Marx?  It is  certainly true that Engels held 
some of the 
perspectives of what came to be called  dialectical materialism (as, for 
explained in _Dialectics of Nature_) but that  does not mean that Marx shared 
I take these concepts as requiring one other.  Dialectical materialism taken 
as a concept of epistemology (it is more than  that) is prerequisite for 
historical materialism. Many elements of this  epistemology (dialectical and 
materialist) may be found in the Holy Family,  German Ideology, the Poverty of 
Philosophy and Anti-Dühring. I see what Engels  says about natural philosophical 
aspects of dialectical materialism Dialectic of  Nature in the tradition of 
these grand co-works of Marx's and Engels'. I do  not deny that there are also 
important differences between them but I am not  sure whether they can be defined 
as contradition as many scholars saw it in the  past.

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