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Dialectics of Nature Between Politics and Philosophy

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This chapter considers the significant implications of Marx and Engels’ politics upon Engels’ philosophical undertaking in Dialectics of Nature. It focuses on the (rather naïve) questions of where did Engels’ philosophical tasks (‘showing that the dialectical laws are real laws of development of nature’ and rescuing ‘conscious dialectics’ from Idealism) come from, and why did he regard them as crucial issues to be solved. It proposes to gauge Engels’ undertakings against the backdrop of political tasks and philosophical and scientific issues he has set for himself, relocate his achievements within the context of political function of theory, and figure out the relevance of philosophy and natural sciences to it. To this end, it investigates the function of theory and role of intellectuals within the working-class movement.

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