By Henri Lefebvre
With the purpose of widening the scope of Marxist thought, Henri Lefebvre entire Dialectical Materialism in advance of the start of worldwide conflict II and the Resistance flow opposed to the Vichy regime. because the fruits of Lefebvre’s interwar actions, the publication highlights the tension-fraught dating among Lefebvre and the French Communist celebration (PCF). For Lefebvre, in contrast to for the PCF, Marxism used to be mainly a dynamic circulate of concept and perform. Dialectical Materialism is an implicit reaction to Joseph Stalin’s Dialectical and ancient Materialism and an try to exhibit that the Stalinist figuring out of the concept that was once dogmatic and oversimplified. This variation incorporates a new advent by means of Stefan Kipfer, explaining the book’s modern ramifications within the ever-expanding succeed in of the city within the twentieth-century Western global.
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At the same time it is an involution, since it carries with it and takes up again the content from which it began, even while it is forming something new. No Becoming is indefinitely rectilinear. These 'dialectical laws' are the first analysis and most general expression of the Becoming. One might say that they sum up its essential characteristics, without which there cannot be a Becoming, but only stagnation or, more precisely, a 'stubborn' repetition by the understanding of an abstract element.
Logic and philosophy remain outside the sciences, or only follow after them, in order to establish their specific methods; they contribute nothing of their own. Conversely, the sciences are external to philosophy, either below or above it, and their methods of discovery have nothing to do with rigorous logic. The scientist proves that thought is mobile by advancing into knowledge, but the philosopher gets his revenge by calling into question the value of science. The con12 THE DIALECTICAL CONTRADICTION flict between rigour and fruitfulness spreads, giving rise to the problem of knowledge and of the value of science.
Or so at least they pretend. Why? Obviously for political reasons which are both shortterm and short-sighted. We cannot confine the use of the concept of alienation to the study of bourgeois societies. ), but it also enables us to uncover and criticize ideological and political alienations inside socialism, particularly during the Stalinist period. Institutional Marxists choose to reject the concept so as to avoid such risks and blunt its cutting edge. There is no need to stress that I was not fully aware of these related problems when I wrote this book.
Dialectical Materialism by Henri Lefebvre