T. A. Jackson


The Logic of Marxism, and its Critics—An Essay in Exploration

Date: 1936
Publisher: International Publishers, New York, NY
Printer: Tonbridge Printers Ltd., Great Britain
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“I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ—belive it possible you may be mistaken!”—OLIVER CROMWELL

“Even a little humour is permissible if it be not overdone.”—FRED CASEY

“The slogan is not to flinch in the struggle.”—F. ENGELS


Table of Contents



Chapter I.  The Making of Marxism

1. Some Preliminary Considerations
2. Marx’s Theses on Feuerbach

Chapter II.  Materialism; Idealism; and Materialism

1. The Objectivity of Marxist Theory
2. Marx and Materialism
3. Development in Materialism and Idealism
4. Kant and the Bourgeois Standpoint
5. Truth and the Criterion of Practice
6. Relativity, Absolute and Relative
7. Materialism and Materialism
8. The Educator of the Educator

Chapter III.  Religion; Humanity; and Humanised Religion

1. Aspects of Feuerbach’s Critique
2. The Objective Roots of Religion
3. Falsifications of the Issue

Chapter IV.  Out of Darkness—Morn!

1. The Atomic Conception of Society
2. The Dialectic Conception of Society
3. Changing the World
4. The Birth Struggles of Marxism
5. The Criticism of Criticism
6. The “Asses’ Bridge ” of Marxism
7. The Positive Outcome of Class Struggle

Chapter V.  The Dialectics of Nature and History

1. The Unity of Being and Thinking
2. Marxism and Mechanistic Determinism
3. Buridan’s Ass
4. The Approach to the Problem
5. The Transition from Nature to History
6. The Mental Outcome of Production-Practice
7. The Material Outcome of Production Activity
8. The Transformation of the Concept “Natural Law”
9. Darwin as Revolutionist
10. The Priest, the Philosopher, the Scientist
11. Newton, Einstein, and Dialectical Materialism
12. Revolutionary Transitions in Nature
13. The Objective Dialectic of History

Chapter VI.  The Dialectic of Revolution

1. The Communist Manifesto
2. The Dialectic of Capitalist Production
3. The Law of Motion in History
4. The Concept of “Class” in Marxism
5. Marx’s Critique as a Whole
6. The Dialectic of Proletarian Class Struggle
7. The Dialectic of Proletarian Revolution
8. The Dialectic of Proletarian Class Struggle
9. The Dialectic of Proletarian Dictatorship
10. Some Criticisms of Marx’s Theory

Chapter VII.  The Dialectic and its Critics

    I.  “Marxism” minus Marx: John MacMurray
    II.  Modernist “Marxism”: Raymond Postgate and Max Eastman

1. On Modernity
2. The Dialectic and Inevitability
3. The Materialist Conception of Knowledge
4. As to Freudianism

    III.  Neo-Dietzgenian “Marxism”: Fred Casey

1. Josef Dietzgen and the Materialist Dialectic
2. The Point at Issue
3. Casey and Theory and Practice
4. Mind and Matter
5. Unity and Opposition
6. Education for Emancipation
7. Casey’s “Method”—and Dietzgen’s
8. Casey’s Humour