Profiteering

In a competitive capitalist system, profiteering is contextually appropriate behavior.                                

Marx, Engels, and Marxism

"The extraordinary and even unique intellectual partnership that Marx enjoyed with Engels led practically everyone for a century and more to treat Engels as coequal spokesman along with Marx for the doctrines of Marxism.  In recent...

Marx's Social Ideas

"Marx is accused of equivocation or obscurity, of failing to make quite simple distinctions, of reckless generalization, and even at times of superficiality.  But, Marx was perceptive and shrewd; he was bold and imaginative.  He was not...

Marxism and Modern Industrial Society

"Though radical ideas in their Marxist forms do not apply only to industrial societies, it was mainly to industrial societies that Marx applied them.  Radical ideas in their Marxist forms are widely used to assess and condemn industrial...

Aristotle's Praxis

"We can detect an important ambiguity revealed by the disparity between Aristotle's meaning of 'praxis' and the English translation 'practice.'  For 'practice' and its cognate 'practical' call to mind some mundane and bread-and-butter...

The Philosophy of Nihilism

"The philosophy of nihilism is rooted in historically-conditioned assumptions and beliefs open to fundamental criticism and, far from being an adequate comprehensive analysis of the human situation, it suffers from gross overstatement and...

The Nihilistic Spirit of the Times

"Nihilism is among the most prominent trends of thought in recent times.  Although its roots lie in the beginning of the modern era, it has come to fruition in the last one hundred years and particularly in the period since World War I. ...

The Mood of Nihilism

"The mood of nihilism, or at least of acute susceptibility to nihilism, is a mark of our times." -- Donald Allen Crosby, The Specter of the Absurd: Sources and    Criticisms of Modern Nihilism, 1988                        

Nihilism and Human Reason

"The first nihilistic theme is that human reason is bankrupt and incapable of resolving any of its own significant questions.  This conviction is one of the main meanings of the term nihilism." -- Donald Allen Crosby, The Specter of the...

Testing Your Beliefs

Doing philosophy is learning to test your beliefs in order to allow your thinking, your opinions, your judgements, etc. to develop and to mature over time.                                                       

Posing Questions

"In posing a question, a certain negative element is introduced into the world." -- Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre (1905 – 1980, French existentialist    and Marxist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political    activist,...

Lies

Our acceptance of lies undermines our society.  We go along with the lies of commercial advertising, and this deference to lies is another degenerate influence subverting human society.                                          

Praxis

"The Greek term 'praxis' has an ordinary meaning that roughly corresponds to the ways in which we now commonly speak of 'action' or 'doing,' and it is frequently translated into English as 'practice.'  As Nicholas Lobkowicz (Theory and...

Human Morality and Human Needs

In determining what belongs to the moral, are we allowed or required to appeal to human needs?                                                      

Interpretations, Perspectives, and the Will to Power

"Because all interpretations of the world are merely expressions of the will to power, and because there is no intelligible world as such, but only a welter of perspectives vying with one another for dominance, asking if a given...

Human Being as Self-Creative Being

"In recent years there has been in the West a change of direction in the study of the Marxism of Marx.  Students of his thought have been less interested in his analysis of the capitalist economy and his predictions about the course of...

Explanation and Comprehension

"I can explain it to you; I can't comprehend it for you." -- Anonymous                                     

Spiritual Wants and Needs

The spiritual wants and needs of human beings are distinctively human, which is to say that human and spiritual needs are needs which are peculiar to self-conscious and rational beings.  What are the spiritual needs of human beings?  The...

Marx's Conception of Humanity

"Marx's conception of man, seems closer to Hegel's than to any other of his phlosophical precursors." -- John Plamenatz, Karl Marx's Philosophy of Man, 1975                                       

Of Critical Social Theory

"A critical social theory begins from the position that a codified scientific method is not an adequate foundation for the validity of truth claims.  Only in a reconstruction of the self-formation of developmental processes is there...

The Ideas of Karl Marx

"It is exceptionally difficult to estimate the influence of Marx's ideas on beliefs about society and the human condition in countries dominated by the Communist Party, precisely because it is dangerous for people to examine these ideas...

Socialist Humanism

Just as human beings are social beings, and just as being human is being social, so also socialization is humanization, and humanization is socialization.  True socialism is humanism, and true humanism is socialism.   ...

Dialectical Critical Theory

"Marx's form of critical theory is in some ways less dialectical than Hegel's 'idealistic' one.  Hegel's philosophy united theory and history in a radically new way.  Thought and will, theory and action are comprehended as reciprocally...

Today's Fiscal Crises

The value imperative -- value production and value exchange -- is the basis and reason for the global fiscal crises of today's capitalist nation-states.  The fiscal crises of modern capitalist states can be explained by the demands of a...