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Reason in Revolt - Marxist Philosophy and Modern Science

Reason in Revolt - Marxist Philosophy and Modern Science

Alan Woods och Ted Grant

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199,00 kr
  • Limhäftad 424 sidor
  • Bokförlaget Wellred Books 2012
  • ISBN: 9781900007443
 

At the beginning of the 21st century, science and philosophy are at the crossroads. The achivements of science and thecnology in the previous century are unparalleled in history. They provide the potential for the solution of all the problems faced by the planeet, and equally for its total destruction. Allegedly scientific theories are being used to "prove" that criminality is caused, not by social conditions, but by a "criminal gene". Black people are alleged to be disadvantaged, not because of discrimination, but because of their genetic make-up. Similar arguments are used for poor people, single mothers, women, and so on. Of course, such "science" is highly convinient for right wing politicians intent on ruthlessly cutting wellfare.

In the field of theoretical physics and cosmology there is a growing tendency towards mysticism. The "Big Bang" theory of the origin of the universe is being used to justify the existence of a Creator, as in the book of Genesis. For the first time in centuries, science appears to lend credence to religious obscurantism. Yet that is only one side of the story.

A growing number of scientists are becoming discontented with the old outlook. The rapid rise of the theory of chaos and complexity is one of the most significant developments in science at the present time. Many of the ideas expressed by this new trend are strikingly similar to the theories of dialectical materialism worked out by Marx and Engels over 160 years ago.

A significant part of this present work is devoted to an explanation of the relationship between Marxist philosophy and the new theories. Will this encounter provide the basis for a new and exciting breeakthrough in the methodology of science?

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ISBN 9781900007443
Språk Engelska
Förlag Wellred
Antal sidor 424
Vikt (gram) 562.0000

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