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Re: [xmca] Anthony Wilden: A thought
Robert and others interested in this topic,
You might find a talk I just gave to Chinese Marxist philosophers interesting.
You can find it at my blog http://loisholzman.org
or go directly to the download at
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On Nov 22, 2011, at 2:18 PM, Robert Lake wrote:
> I love the Marx quote too Mike.
> It answers many questions about his views in this short passage,
> which certainly had an impact on LSV.
> BTW it is from his 1844 Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts and can be
> found at:
> It is only in a social context that subjectivism and objectivism,
> spiritualism and materialism, activity and passivity, cease to be
> antinomies and thus cease to exist as such antinomies. The resolution of
> the theoretical contradictions is possible only through practical means,
> only through the practical energy of man. Their resolution is not by any
> means, therefore, only a problem of knowledge, but is a real problem of
> life which philosophy was unable to solve precisely because it saw there a
> purely theoretical problem
> On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 1:18 PM, mike cole <email@example.com> wrote:
>> AT the bottom of the following passage, from Anthony Wilden's *System and
>> Structure*, is a quotation
>> from Marx that we have been thinking about here recently. The passage is
>> from an Essay on Montaigne on the paradoxes of individualism. I find a lot
>> of the ideas in the book and the essay interesting. But in what is below I
>> found myself reading the
>> paragraph that precedes the Marx and was caught by his observation, which I
>> encountered at just the right time, about the digital
>> being viewed as a means of exploitation, not in the service of social
>> Today, of course, we see the digital in relationship to the social quite
>> differently, but still, here we are concerned with the
>> issue of reduction to the digital and the liquidity of modern capitalism.
>> The Marx has special resonance with us because we feel just exactly the
>> melting of binaries in our community learning
>> activities. The going back and forth is mind expanding.
>> The only avenue of metacommunication that can escape the oscillations
>> of the individualistic ethic on which the paradoxical injunction depends in
>> our present pathological context, is that of the collective praxis of human
>> kind: the reduction of the digital to its natural function as an instrument
>> relationship, where now it is an exploitative device. For whereas there is
>> possibility - and no necessity - of overcoming our relation to Otherness,
>> and no need for a metalanguage which will disprove Godel, there will
>> eventually have to be devised a way of overcoming our present enslavement
>> to the Imaginary Other. This enslavement depends on a value-system
>> based on the maintenance of exploitative oppositions and identities. If our
>> species is to survive, humankind must find a way of reintroducing the
>> mediating function of difference and similarity into the social ecosystem.
>> As the young Marx put it (1844: 162):
>> It is only in a social context that subjectivism and objectivism,
>> ism and materialism, activity and passivity cease to be antinomies, and
>> thus cease to exist as such antinomies. The resolution of the THEORETICAL
>> contradictions is possible ONLY through practical means, only through the
>> PRACTICAL energy of man.
>> (Caps in original wilden, do not know about original marx.)
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