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Science and Marxism

Dialectics, Relativity and Quantum by Kishore Kumar Theckedath; National Book Agency, Calcutta, pp 317, Rs 150 (hardcover).

By bringing out the above book K K     Theckedath has rendered yeoman service to all serious students of science and Marxism, and especially those connected with the working class movement. The book is based on the doctoral thesis of Theckedath which he submitted to the University of Mumbai. As he rightly observes in the synopsis (which has been reproduced verbatim) the post-Soviet Union epoch of world history is a stormy one for those who espouse the socialist cause. And achievements of Marxism have borne the brunt of the ideological, political, and sociological onslaught in this phase.

Precisely, that is why an emphatic assertion of the correctness of the Marxist outlook, wherever such proof is forthcoming, is of the utmost importance. The essential strength of revolutionary Marxism is in the fact that it is not a dogma, but that it bases itself on the one hand on the most advanced products of human society in the domains of political economy, social praxis and philosophy, and on the other hand on Nature itself. The relevance and validity of the Marxist methodology in disciplines such as history, sociology and even literature is no longer in doubt. However, the importance of the Marxist outlook, for fundamental problems of modern science is either not known or misunderstood, or worse still deliberately suppressed by the intellectual opponents of Marxism.

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