By Nick Knight
This booklet recounts the background of Marxist philosophy in China among 1923 and 1945 throughout the writings and actions of 4 philosophers: Qu Qiubai, Ai Siqi, Li Da and Mao Zedong. of those philosophers – Qu and Mao – have been additionally political activists and leaders, yet their contribution to this historical past is as vital, if no more so, than the contribution of Ai and Li who have been predominantly philosophers and students. The inclusion of Qu and Mao underlines the intimate connection among philosophy and politics within the progressive stream in China. it isn't attainable to talk credibly of Marxist philosophy in China with no contemplating the political context during which its advent, elaboration and dissemination proceeded. certainly, all of the philosophers thought of during this publication repudiated the thought that the research of philosophy was once a scholastic highbrow workout without political value. every one of those philosophers looked himself as a innovative, and regarded philosophy to be worthwhile accurately since it may possibly facilitate a comprehension of the area and so speed up efforts to alter it. through an analogous token, every one of those philosophers took philosophy heavily; every one bent his brain to the daunting job of learning the arcane and labyrinthian philosophical approach of dialectical materialism. Philosophy could good be political, they believed, yet this used to be no excuse for philosophical dilettantism.
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