Activity in Marx’s Philosophy

  • Authors
  • Norman D. Livergood

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Activity and Materialism

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      Pages 1-11
  3. Activity and Knowledge

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      Pages 12-26
  4. Activity and Philosophy

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      Pages 27-42
  5. Summary and Evaluation

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      Pages 43-50
  6. Bibliography

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      Pages 51-53
  7. The Difference Between the Democritean and Epicurean Philosophy of Nature

About this book


This essay attempts to demonstrate the significance of the principle of activity in the philosophy of Karl Marx. The principle of activity in Marx has both a general and a specific meaning. In general the princi­ pIe refers to the activist element in Marxian practice motivating both Marx and his contemporary devotees. The specific facet of the principle relates to Marx's philosophy - the principle of activity being that con­ cept which underlies the entire system. Activity for Marx is both a philosophie concept and an element of human experience demanded by his system. Marx, that is, not only theorizes about activity but also illustrates his theory in hislife. Hence, we find the principle of activity both in his writings and in his doings. Marx most often used the words Action, Tätigkeit, or Praxis to refer to the principle of activity. No major philosopher has fully dealt with the concept of action. We sometimes suppose that action only occurs when we can observe some outward result or motion. Spinoza's definition of action disallows this narrow interpretation of activity.


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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1967
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-5061-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-5059-2
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