[xmca] Ilyenkov and Lenin Again

From: Mike Cole (lchcmike@gmail.com)
Date: Fri Dec 22 2006 - 16:54:26 PST

Bakhurst, p. 122

For Ilyenkov, Lenin's great contribution lay in his rejection of empiricism
and positivism, a rejection
that, Ilyenkov believed, requires materialism to eschew the dualisms of
subject and object, scheme
and content, thought and being. Thus Ilyenkov saw Lenin as bequeathing the
task of dissolving these
dualisms-- a task that came to be the focus of Ilyenkov's career.

However, if the radical empiricism in Materialism and
Empiriocriticisminspired Ilyenkov, the conservative
thread in Lenin's thought [associated with idea of reflection--mike]
influenced philosophers of a different
persuasion. For them, reflection theory offered an attractive modern version
of Lockean empiricism.


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