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Re: [xmca] "The Swerve" a new book reviewed on PBS today

Thanks for this Andy

I've ordered this book as it seemed such an interesting detective story and
will also expand my knowledge of this particular  time period. I was going
to read it as a general interest narrative of exploration. However, your
linking this story to Marx and his fascination with Greek philosophy  and
the additional realization that the concept of the *swerve* is intimately
linked with  distinguishing  mechanical from dialectical materialism has
added another level of questions which may be explored in this book.

As Mike earlier mentioned, so many rocks to turn over and discover what is
moving underneath.  This may be one of those rocks.

Thanks Andy
On Fri, May 25, 2012 at 9:38 PM, Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net> wrote:

> Marx places a lot of store in the concept of "swerve" too, which he
> ascribes to Epicurus.
> http://www.marxists.org/**archive/marx/works/1841/dr-**theses/ch04.htm<http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1841/dr-theses/ch04.htm>
> For Marx, the swerve marked the difference between what came to be called
> "mechanical materialism" and what came to be called "dialectical
> materialism" (not Marx's terms, of course).
> Andy
> Larry Purss wrote:
>>  I thought this new book [the Swerve] on one author's assumption of how a
>> lost book could change the world may be of interest to some on this site.
>> This book won the Pulitzer prize for non-fiction.
>> Here is a review of the book in the Globe & Mail newspaper
>> http://www.theglobeandmail.**com/news/arts/books/the-**
>> swerve-how-the-world-became-**modern-by-stephen-greenblatt/**
>> article2194842/<http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/books/the-swerve-how-the-world-became-modern-by-stephen-greenblatt/article2194842/>
>> Larry
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