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Dialectics of nature an Engels fallacy?

October 11th, 2012 · No Comments

The previous post links to an article on evoluton, Gould, punctuated equilibrium, and dialectics. But the association with dialectics won’t work. The attraction of punctuated equilibrium, and dialectics to the left is that it seems to be a justification of revolution, natura non facit saltum. The subject is too confused to be science, not that Darwinism is science. The legacy of Engels was always at work here: his dialectics of nature made claims absent in the original tradition:
That is, dialectics never applies to nature, and refers to the ‘dialectic’ in the emergence of philosphy, thought processes.
Revolution is its own justification: all the freedoms of modern democracy arose through revolution. Period.

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