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Lukács on Science

The rejection of the 'dialectics of nature' has long been thought of as the most fundamental factor distinguishing Western Marxism from official Soviet-style Marxism. Yet, in Tailism and the Dialectic, Georg Lukács - perhaps the most influential figure in Western Marxism - strongly endorses the existence of an objective dialectic in nature. A close examination of Lukács's main writings on science shows, however, that he still in effect denied the possibility of applying dialectical method to nature. This paradox is bound up with a dualistic conception of natural and social science with distinctly adverse implications for the development of an ecological Marxism.

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