The Power of Negativity: Selected Writings on the Dialectic in Hegel and Marx

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Lexington Books, 2002 - Philosophy - 386 pages
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Raya Dunayevskaya is hailed as the founder of Marxist-Humanism in the United States. In this new collection of her essays co-editors Peter Hudis and Kevin B. Anderson have crafted a work in which the true power and originality of Dunayevskaya's ideas are displayed. This extensive collection of writings on Hegel, Marx, and dialectics captures Dunayevskaya's central dictum that, contrary to the established views of Hegelians and Marxists, Hegel was of signal importance to the theory and practice of Marxism. The Power of Negativity sheds light not only on Marxist-Humanism and the rooting of Dunayevskaya's Marxist-Humanist theories in Hegel, but also on the life of one of America's most penetrating and provocative critical thinkers.
 

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Unless your lucky enough come from a privileged educational background that includes an advanced study of philosophy, in particular Hegel's 'Phenomenology' and his 'Logic', then you can forget about reading this book or any of her main writings. This is because they weren't written in a form or style that would allow ordinary workers to understand them. Without knowledge of Hegel's main works along with their arcane and obscure terminology Dunayevskaya's writings are gibberish. And she knew well that the factory workers, the bus drivers and refuse collectors didn't have the luxury of learning about Hegel's dialectic. 'the absolute negative' or the concrete universal, the notion or the methodological relationship between the universal, particular and the individual. She knew what her writings said to working class people who tried to access her ideas-'keep out this isn't for you but only for my well heeled comrades'. In short her 'Power of Negativity' like all her other high brow writing is a sick disgusting exclusory joke. And the editors of this book are in the same camp. High brow academics who like to believe they have some great insights into the masses. They can't even write for them.  

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A correction. The book is edited by Hudis and Anderson, it is a collection of Raya Dunayevskaya's writings on the dialectic in Hegel and Marx. It is not by the three of them as it appears in the listing here.

Contents

Presentation on the Dialectics of Organization and Philosophy June 1 1987
3
Letters on Hegels Absolutes of May 12 and 20 1953
15
Notes on Hegels Phenomenology
35
Rough Notes on Hegels Science of Logic
49
Notes on the Smaller Logic from the Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences
77
Dialogue on the Dialectic
91
Letter of October 27 1964 to Herbert Marcuse
129
Hegels Dialectic and the Freedom Struggles of the 1960s
137
On Lukács Marxism
213
The HegelMarx Relation Revisited
225
MarxistHumanism and the Battle of Ideas
237
Forces of Revolt as Reason Philosophy as Force of Revolt
273
Another Look at Hegels Phenomenology of Mind
319
Reconsidering the Dialectic Critiquing Lenin and the Dialectics of Philosophy and Organization
325
Excerpts from 194951 Philosophic Correspondence With C L R James and Grace Lee Boggs
343
Select Bibliography
357

Toward Philosophy and Revolution from Hegel to Sartre and from Marx to Mao
161
Hegels Absolute as New Beginning
177
Hegel Marx Lenin Fanon and the Dialectics of Liberation Today
191

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Peter Hudis is a Chicago-based independent scholar. He is the author of Harry McShane and the Scottish Roots of Marxist-Humanism (1995). Kevin B. Anderson is Professor of Sociology at Northern Illinois University. He is author of Lenin, Hegel, and Western Marxim: A Critical Study (1995).

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