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by George Novack

  • ISBN: 0873480228
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  • Author: George Novack
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Pathfinder Press (1965)
  • Pages: 250 pages
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Novack views ancient materialism against the broad background of the growth of civilized though. .Novack quotes Plato in The Sophist on page 220: "Why, this dispute about reality is a sort of Battle of Gods and Giants.

Novack views ancient materialism against the broad background of the growth of civilized though.Of course he stresses social and economic conditions, but is not narrowly doctrinaire; he can pay tribute to the positive contributions of the great leaders of ancient idealism and defend them against the attacks of ‘narrow minded Marxists. - - -The Classical World.

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The Origins of Materialism: The Evolution of a Scientific View of the World. The rise of a scientific world outlook in ancient Greece, and the development of agriculture, manufacturing, and trade that prepared its wa. ist of works cited in book, index. ? An honest attempt to retrace the earliest developments of the materialist world outlook. Simple and clearly written

The rise of a scientific world outlook in ancient Greece, and the development of agriculture, manufacturing, and trade that prepared its way. Simple and clearly written. Choice ?Written by a man who understands and believes in the spirit of his subject. International Bibliography of Philosophy Novack views ?ancient materialism against the broad background of the growth of civilized thought '.

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George Edward Novack. New York: Merit (1965). Materialism in Ancient Greek Philosophy and in the Writings of the Young Marx. Tony Burns - 2000 - Historical Materialism 7 (1):3-39. Christian Materialism in a Scientific Age. Lynne Rudder Baker - 2011 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 70 (1):47-59. The Waning of Materialism. Robert C. Koons & George Bealer (ed. - 2009 - Oxford University Press. Contemporary Materialism: A Reader. Paul K. Moser & J. D. Trout (ed. - 1995 - Routledge. Added to PP index 2009-09-15.

Just better Novack produced a number of books on various aspects of Marxism: An Introduction.

George Novack was not one of the 18 SWP leaders imprisoned in World War II under the Smith Act, but he played a major role in the defense campaign. Novack produced a number of books on various aspects of Marxism: An Introduction to the Logic of Marxism, America's Revolutionary Heritage, Democracy and Revolution, Empiricism and Its Evolution, Humanism and Socialism, The Origins of Materialism, Polemics in Marxist Philosophy, Revolutionary Dynamics of Women's Liberation, Existentialism vs. Marxism and Understanding History, Marxist Essays.

Objections to evolution have been raised since evolutionary ideas came to prominence in the 19th century. When Charles Darwin published his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, his theory of evolution (the idea that species arose through descent with. When Charles Darwin published his 1859 book On the Origin of Species, his theory of evolution (the idea that species arose through descent with modification from a single common ancestor in a process driven by natural selection) initially met opposition from scientists with different theories, but eventually came to receive overwhelming acceptance in the scientific community

The rise of a scientific world outlook in ancient Greece, and the development of agriculture, manufacturing, and trade that prepared its way.

List of works cited in book, index.


Reviews about The Origins of Materialism: The Evolution of a Scientific View of the World (5):
JoldGold
Setting aside the Marxist propaganda, you will find a superb history of the emergence of philosophical materialism. Materialism is not really dialectical, is all. Mario Bunge makes that clear in his books.

The problem I found clarified in this book is the long-standing clash between the idealists and the materialsts. This problem was already forlorn by the time Plato took it up in ancient Athens.

Novack quotes Plato in The Sophist on page 220:

"Why, this dispute about reality is a sort of Battle of Gods and Giants. One side drags everything down to earth, literally laying hands on rocks and trees, arguing that only what can be felt and touched is real, defining reality as body, and if anyone says that something without body is real, they treat him with contempt and will not listen to another word.
"--Yes, they are clever fellows; I've met a lot of them.
"--So their opponents in the height of the unseen defend their position with great skill, maintaining forcibly that true existence consists in certain intelligible, incorrigible forms, describing the so-called truth of others as a mere flowing sort of becoming, not reality at all, and smashing their so-called bodies to pieces. On this issue there is a terrific battle always going on."

On the next page Novack notes that the idealists are the Gods and the materialists are the Giants.

The problem with ideology is that by participating in ideological disputes, one gets drawn into this process that has no resolution by philosophical methods. It is literally hopeless. It has always been hopeless. Ever since Plato.

Science can be used as a tool to break the impasse.

Mario Bunge shows how that works.
ZEr0
What does reality consist of and where did it come from? These are questions that have vexed human beings ever since they began to think. They are also questions most people figure they don't really need to spend time thinking about. But George Novack, who was a serious student of philosophy and a leader of the Socialist Workers Party for many years, does a great job of explaining just how relevant these basic questions are to ordinary people who want to change the world. What makes this book so helpful is that it does not assume the reader is an academic philosopher. The book looks at the evolution in ancient Greece and Rome of a materialistic outlook, which began to understand that human beings could make sense of the world without relying on ideas of god and the supernatural. He shows how and why the Greeks in particular made incredible advances in thinking which were shunted aside, only to be rediscovered more than a thousand years later by later materialistic thinkers in Europe during the Renaissance. You will understand more about these ideas in reading this book than by reading twenty academic tomes on philosophy. Save your money and buy this one.
Ohatollia
I read everything by George Novack that I can get my hands on-- all his works on politics, history and philosophy. He has a way of presenting ideas precisely and clearly, and of explaining the historical setting and importance of each one. And while he meets high academic standards, he writes directly for working people who want to understand the world and figure out how to act to change it. He helps you see why questions of materialism vs. idealism, dialectics vs. formal logic, history and change are important and helps you grapple with them seriously.
Here Novack gives a sweeping overview of the rapidly changing Greek society over five centuries BC. He explains not only what happened in the great development of human ideas, philosophy, logic, reason and scientific inquiry, but also why it was possible and likely that they would occur when they did.
I strongly recommend some of Novack's other works as well, including: America's Revolutionary Heritage, Democracy and Revolution, The Logic of Marxism, and Polemics in Marxist Philosophy.
Tane
This is not really a book for scholars, though they could certainly benefit. It's a book for the rest of us who wondered where science comes from and what science has to do with the fight to change society. This is a very readable and lively book, both focused and far-ranging, with insights into everything from English literature to physics and union politics. Novack points out that materialism is totally linked to science, including the science of changing society. The Marxist method is the necessary update for the scientific approach that was begun by the Greeks. This book is written to provide the nonphilosophy student with some very necessary tools. While amazon may sometimes list this book as not available from time to time, it is always available from booksfrompathfinder. Click on the "new and used" line above and then scroll down.
Djang
Does reality exist independent of human (or superhuman) consciousness? What is the relationship between mind and matter? Is there any spirit that creates or changes the world at will? These questions are as old as human society itself. George Novack traces the evolution of materialist thought, and its opposite, idealism through ancient Greek and Roman society. He explains why the rise of the Roman slave empire, and the later establishment of Christian orthodoxy, crippled the development of both materialism and scientific discovery in Europe for some 1,200 years. He contrasts the earliest forms of materialism with the rationalism of the Enlightenment and the dialectical materialism codified by Marx and Engels.

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