MIA: Encyclopedia of Marxism: Glossary of Terms

## Ax

Axiom

Hegel says: “Axioms are commonly but incorrectly taken as absolute firsts, as though in and for themselves they require no proof. Were this in fact the case, they would be mere tautologies, as it is only in abstract identity that no difference is present, and therefore no mediation required. If, however, axioms are more than tautologies, they are

propositionsfrom someother science, since for the science they serve as axioms they are meant to be presuppositions. Hence they are, strictly speaking,theorems, and theorems taken mostly from logic.”