Dialectical Materialism and Science



Dialectical Materialism is the philosophy or methodology of Marxism. Every political movement, party, or even statement of any kind bases itself, consciously or unconsciously, on some sort of philosophy or world outlook. Marxism is concerned with effecting a radical change in society, and therefore requires an exceptionally clear, thoroughgoing, and systemic set of philosophical principles.

The ideas of Dialectical Materialism, based on the best traditions of philosophical thought, are not a fixed dogma but a system of tools and general principles for analysing the world materialistically and scientifically.

The basic tenets of Dialectical Materialism are: that everything that exists is material and is derived from matter; that matter is in a process and constant change; and that all matter is interconnected and interdependent.

If we are to understand society in order to change it, this cannot be done arbitrarily, since the human will is not master of nature; rather, our ideas and thoughts are reflections of necessary material laws. Instead, we must seek to understand the laws of how human society changes. By following our education plan for Dialectical Materialism, the reader will familiarise themselves with this way of looking at the world so that they too can begin to apply Marxist ideas.

Introductory articles

Dialectical Materialism - John Pickard

What is Dialectical Materialism? A Study Guide by Rob Sewell

ABC of Materialist Dialectics - Leon Trotsky (included within previous entry, listed seperately for convenience)

Dialectical materialism

An Introduction to Dialectical Materialism - Alan Woods and Rob Sewell

Introduction to "ABC of Materialist Dialectics" - Rob Sewell

Chaos, Science, and Marxism - Daniel Morley

Marxism and evolution

Engels and Human Development - John Pickard

Marx, Darwin, and Gould - the revolution of evolution - parts one, two, three, and four

The Part Played by Labour in the Transition From Ape to Man - Frederick Engels

Marxist classics and books

History of Philosophy - Alan Woods

Reason in Revolt - Ted Grant and Alan Woods

Ludwig Feuerbach and the End of Classical German Philosophy - Frederick Engels

Anti-Duhring, Part One: Philosophy - Frederick Engels

Materialism and Empirio-Criticism - Lenin

Conspectus of Hegel's "The Science of Logic" - Lenin

Audios and videos

The History of Philosophy - Alan Woods

Philosophy and Dialectics - Daniel Morley

Marx, Hegel, and Dialectics - Daniel Morley

The Part Played by Labour in the Transition from Ape to Man - John Pickard

Marxism and Science - John Pickard