Dialectics of the Concrete

A Study on Problems of Man and World

  • Authors
  • Karel Kosík

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 52)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Karel Kosík
    Pages 1-35
  3. Karel Kosík
    Pages 36-92
  4. Karel Kosík
    Pages 93-132
  5. Karel Kosík
    Pages 133-155
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 156-164

About this book


Kosik writes that the history of a text is in a certain sense the history of its interpretations. In the fifteen years that have passed since the fust (Czech) edition of his Dialectics of the Concrete, this book has been widely read and interpreted throughout Europe, in diverse centers of scholarship as well as in private studies. A faithful English language edition is long overdue. This publication of KosIk's work will surely provoke a range of new interpretations. For its theme is the characterization of science and of rationality in the context of the social roots of science and the social critique which an appropriately rational science should afford. Kosik's question is: How shall Karl Marx's understanding of science itself be understood? And how can it be further developed? In his treatment of the question of scientific rationality, Kosik drives bluntly into the issues of gravest human concern, not the least of which is how to avoid the pseudo-concrete, the pseudo-scientific, the pseudo-rational, the pseudo­ historical. Starting with Marx's methodological approach, of "ascending from the abstract to the concrete", Kosik develops a critique of positivism, of phenomenalist empiricism, and of "metaphysical" rationalism, counter­ posing them to "dialectical rationalism". He takes the category of the concrete in the dialectical sense of that which comes to be known by the active transformation of nature and society by human purposive activity.


Europe Interpretation Marx care culture empiricism historicism history of literature issue language philosophy physics rationalism reason science

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1976
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-1522-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-1520-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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