George Plekhanov

Georgi Plekhanov

Published on: Fri, 23/11/2018 - 12:00
Author

John Cunningham

Before the year 2018 reaches its end, the 100th anniversary of the death of Georgi Plekhanov should be noted and remembered. He is sometimes referred to as the “father” of Russian Marxism, and for good reason.

Plekhanov was the most important figure in the early Russian Marxist movement, a major theorist and voice in the Second International; and, as a member of the editorial board of Iskra, a collaborator with Lenin in the first years of the twentieth century.

Plekhanov and Lenin were to go their separate ways. By the time of the October Revolution in 1917 Plekhanov had moved considerably to

Plekhanov on dialectics

Published on: Mon, 27/08/2018 - 07:40
Author

G V Plekhanov

The term "dialectic", as a description of a mode of reasoning, dates back to ancient Greek philosophy, and in general signifies a method of argument that involves some sort of contradictory process between opposing sides, usually as a path to successive approximations to truth.

Thus Plato presented his philosophical argument as a back-and-forth dialogue or debate, generally between Socrates and some other person.

In what is now called "classic German philosophy", the pioneer, Immanuel Kant (fl.1781-1792) built some of his key philosophical ideas around a discussion of "antinomies"

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