The Structure of Idealization

Towards a Systematic Interpretation of the Marxian Idea of Science

  • Authors
  • Leszek Nowak

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 139)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Methodology of Capital. An Attempt at a Reconstruction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Leszek Nowak
      Pages 3-22
  3. Marx’s Ideas and Modern Methodological Trends

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Leszek Nowak
      Pages 54-70
    3. Leszek Nowak
      Pages 71-81
  4. An Attempt at a Systematic Construction of the Idealizational Concept of Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Leszek Nowak
      Pages 95-110
    3. Leszek Nowak
      Pages 140-158
    4. Leszek Nowak
      Pages 159-165
    5. Leszek Nowak
      Pages 166-178
    6. Leszek Nowak
      Pages 214-227
    7. Leszek Nowak
      Pages 228-233
  5. Application: An Analysis of Some Criticisms of Marx

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Leszek Nowak
      Pages 237-241
    3. Leszek Nowak
      Pages 242-245
    4. Leszek Nowak
      Pages 249-251
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 266-284

About this book


Much is said in Marxist literature about Marxist methodology which is supposed to be entirely original - differing a great deal from all other trends in the modern philosophy of science. On the other hand, however, it is unfallacious to state that there are no people outside Marxism who would like to deny this statement. This has to put those who really believe that Marxism has something important to say in philosophy of science on guard: if someone says something important others usually are inclined to protest. But who is inclined to protest when it is stated that Marx em­ ployed both induction and deduction, a historical method and a logical one as well, synthesis, but also analysis, etc? Who is inclined to protest when it is not known what within this framework 'induction', 'deduction' 'history' or 'logic' mean? Who is inclined to protest when 'Marxist meth­ odology' is presented not with the aid of precise definitions and clear hypotheses but with the aid of a jungle of quotations? I think that the main malfeasance of the current 'Marxist methodology', is that of ecclecticism. The methodology of Marx is presented as a col­ lection of trivial and/or obscure ideas but not as a system of statements subordinated to any clear, definite viewpoint presenting a new grasp ofthe nature of scientific cognition. Search for reconstruction of Marxian meth­ odology as a system of the kind is the main aim of this book.


Marx modeling nature philosophy philosophy of science probability science

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-8356-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-7651-2
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