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On Methods of Inquiry: From Aristotle to Evald Ilyenkov with Arto Artinian

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 Aristotle’s “Pri­or Ana­lyt­ics” and “Cat­e­gories”. We will then fol­low with a few excerpts from Hegel’s stud­ies of log­ic, while mak­ing explic­it Hegel’s con­ver­sa­tion with Aris­to­tle. We will con­clude with a close read­ing of Sovi­et philoso­pher Evald Ilyenkov’s pre­sen­ta­tion of dialec­ti­cal think­ing, in the con­text of the thread run­ning from Aris­to­tle, through Hegel and Marx.

Venue:

James Bald­win High School
Room 317
351 West 18th St
New York, NY 10011 

(6:30–8:30pm): an eight week course begin­ning Octo­ber 16th, 2019 — $15 per ses­sion or $100 for all eight ses­sions.

Read­ings: 

Aris­to­tle: “Cat­e­gories 1–5, 7, 9, 10”, (“Aris­to­tle: Cat­e­gories and De Inter­pre­tione, Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2002).

Aris­to­tle: “The Syl­lo­gism and its Three Fig­ures: A1-A6” (“Pri­or Ana­lyt­ics”, Hack­ett, 1989).

Hegel: “The Syl­lo­gism”, Sec­tions #181–193” (“Ency­clo­pe­dia of the Philo­soph­i­cal Sci­ences in Basic Out­line: Part I — Sci­ence and Log­ic”, Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2010).

David L. Har­vey: “The Log­ic of Com­mod­i­ty Cir­cuits” (The Philo­soph­i­cal Forum Quar­ter­ly, Vol. XV, #3, Spring 1984, pg. 280–323).

Marx, selec­tions from “Cap­i­tal Vol. 2”.

Evald Ilyenkov: “Our Schools Must Teach How to Think”, (Jour­nal of Russ­ian and East Euro­pean Psy­chol­o­gy, vol. 45, no. 4, July–August 2007, pp. 9–49).




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Seminar Schedule and Details


octo­ber

21oct7:00 pm9:00 pmEvent OverThe Pre­so­crat­ics and their Con­tem­po­rary Rel­e­vancewith Bruno Gul­li

22oct6:30 pm8:30 pmGer­man Ide­al­ism and its After­mathwith Michael Pelias

23oct6:30 pm8:30 pmOn Meth­ods of Inquiry: From Aris­to­tle to Evald IlyenkovWith Arto Artin­ian

26oct12:00 pm2:00 pmMarx­ism after Marxwith Stan­ley Aronowitz

28oct7:00 pm9:00 pmThe Pre­so­crat­ics and their Con­tem­po­rary Rel­e­vancewith Bruno Gul­li


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