On Lenin’s Materialism and empiriocriticism

@article{Bakhurst2018OnLM,
  title={On Lenin’s Materialism and empiriocriticism},
  author={David Bakhurst},
  journal={Studies in East European Thought},
  year={2018},
  volume={70},
  pages={107-119}
}
  • D. Bakhurst
  • Published 28 June 2018
  • Philosophy
  • Studies in East European Thought
Abstract In May 1909, Lenin published Materialism and empiriocriticism, a polemical assault on forms of positivistic empiricism popular among members of the Bolshevik intelligentsia, especially his political rival Alexander Bogdanov. After expounding the core claims on both sides of the debate, this essay considers the relation of the philosophical issues at stake to the political stances of their proponents. I maintain that Lenin’s use of philosophical argument was not purely opportunistic… 

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