Dialectics: From Hegel to Marx

Date: Saturday 5th November
Time: 13:15 - 15:00
Location: Waldo Williams Suite
Speaker: Hamid Alizadeh

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel is one of the greatest minds humanity has ever known. In his work we find a universe of profound ideas, to which Marxism owes a great debt. Among his many important achievements, his development of the Dialectic stands out as particularly profound.

Since the times of ancient Greece, different philosophers have put forward the idea that the world is forever changing, that everything is in a constant state of coming into being and passing away, and that driving this development are the inner contradictions of phenomena themselves. But it is only in Hegel’s works that this idea is fully developed into a scientific doctrine.

Marx and Engels were keen students of Hegel and paid enormous respect to his work throughout their lives. At the same time, they criticised the weak side of Hegel’s philosophy, namely his idealism. In the words of Marx, with Hegel, the dialectic was “standing on its head”. Its rational kernel was wrapped in a mystical shell. Once placed on a materialist basis, the Dialectic can be seen as not only the laws of thought, but the laws of nature as a whole. Join us in this talk to explore the Dialectic and how it fits in a Marxist worldview.


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