By Norman D. Livergood

ISBN-10: 9401181675

ISBN-13: 9789401181679

ISBN-10: 9401188068

ISBN-13: 9789401188067

This essay makes an attempt to illustrate the importance of the main of task within the philosophy of Karl Marx. the primary of task in Marx has either a common and a particular that means. usually the princi­ ple refers back to the activist aspect in Marxian perform motivating either Marx and his modern devotees. the categorical aspect of the main pertains to Marx's philosophy - the main of job being that con­ cept which underlies the whole approach. task for Marx is either a philosophic suggestion and a component of human adventure demanded by means of his procedure. Marx, that's, not just theorizes approximately job but additionally illustrates his thought in hislife. for this reason, we discover the main of task either in his writings and in his doings. the phrases motion, Tiitigkeit, or Praxis to consult Marx pretty much used the main of task. No significant thinker has totally handled the idea that of motion. We occasionally feel that motion merely happens after we can notice a few outward outcome or movement. Spinoza's definition of motion disallows this slender interpretation of task. I say that we act while whatever is finished, both inside us or with out us, of which we're the sufficient reason, that's to claim ... whilst from our nature something follows, both inside us or with no, which by way of that nature by myself might be essentially and 1 especially understood.

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That state where man is in uncontemplative awareness is, for Dewey, aesthetic. Every experience is aesthetic insofar as it is final or arouses no search for questions or some other type of experience. Man's common experience brings satisfactions. But he must not identify the mere fact of being liked with the value of the object liked. Values are not eternally in Being apart from standards and judgments made by man. Value cannot be correlated with liking but only with those which reflection approves.

J. McFadden, op. , p. 69. K. Marx, The Poverty ot Philosophy. (Chicago: C. H. Kerr, I9I3), p. I36. ACTIVITY AND PHILOSOPHY through sensuous practice. The basis for such ideas Marx discovered even in his early study for the dissertation. Marx's thesis for his doctorate, which deals in detail with Epicurus' transformation of the atomic theory of Democritus, is in fact part of his study of what happened to Greek philosophy after Aristotle. What happened to Greek philosophy is that it became practical.

In Pragmatism, Marxism sees a complete annihilation of the criterion of truth which it proposes, namely, objective practice. It is true that Pragmatism likewise proposes practice as the criterion of truth, but when it speaks of "practice" it usually refers to subjective practice. For the Pragmatist that knowledge is true which "works for me," which appears "attractive to me," which fulfills the personal desires of the Pragmatist himself. For the Marxist, that knowledge is true which, when applied, is productive of progress and development in the objective world of material reality.!

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