Much has been said about “dialectics” in the context of leftist thinking about politics, yet often the conversation is often vague on the specifics of what is it that dialectics
Much has been said about “dialectics” in the context of leftist thinking about politics, yet often the conversation is often vague on the specifics of what is it that dialectics in thinking actually means? What is gained by deploying “dialectical thought”? To counter this tendency, we will trace specific articulations of dialectical movement in thought, with the aim of gaining a clearer understanding of the fundamental concepts, ideas and methods that relate to this mode of thinking.
Our focus is on building a grounding in thinking about everyday life that seeks (rather than avoids) contradictions, and is capable of surviving (as Hegel said) the tensions that arise within it.
Readings will begin with a discussion of sections from Hegel’s studies of logic and specifically, his development of the syllogism. We will then proceed to a discussion of Hegel’s logic and its transformation by Marx in Volume 2 of “Capital”, via a close reading of David L. Harvey’s seminal essay “The Logic of Commodity Circuits”. Throughout the course, we will also integrate Soviet philosopher Evald Ilyenkov’s fundamental investigations of dialectical logic. The goal is to unlock a sensitivity towards dialectical thought, as well as approaches to writing and thinking systematically in this tradition.
(Monday) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
James Baldwin High School Rm 317
351 W 18th St New York, NY 10011 United States