Abstract and Keywords
What one understands about dialectics often depends on the order in which it is presented. This article begins with the philosophy of internal relations, in which everything is conceived of in terms of relations and processes, and its accompanying process of abstraction, which enables us to focus on and separate out the part(s) of these relations and processes that are best suited for studying the problem(s) at hand. All the other steps Marx takes in his dialectical method, such as “dialectical laws,” “inquiry,” “self-clarification,” “exposition,” and “the identity of theory and practice” can only work as well as they do on the basis of these foundations.
Keywords: dialectics, dialectical methods, dialectical laws, dialectical thinking, dialectical practice, philosophy of internal relations, process of abstraction, abstraction of vantage point, abstraction of extension, abstract of levels of generality.
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