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Factory of StrategyThirty-Three Lessons on Lenin$
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Antonio Negri

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231146821

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231146821.001.0001

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Lenin Reads Hegel

Lenin Reads Hegel

(p.169) 17 Lenin Reads Hegel
Factory of Strategy

Antonio Negri

, Arianna Bove
Columbia University Press

This chapter examines Vladimir Lenin’s commentary on Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s The Science of Logic, which is the nucleus of his Notebooks on Philosophy, or, more properly, his notebooks on dialectics. In the context of the development of Hegel’s thought, this chapter elucidates the concepts in which he grounds the science of logic and which Lenin clearly highlights in his commentary. In particular, it clarifies the innovative motif of Lenin’s reading of Hegel with respect to Karl Marx and the relevance of the reading to the concrete development of his revolutionary thought. It also considers Marx’s critique of Hegel’s logic and his attempt to overturn the terms of the science of logic and of Hegelianism in general. Finally, it analyzes Lenin’s claim that in the process of consciousness the form cannot be distinguished from the content of knowledge.

Keywords:   dialectics, Vladimir Lenin, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, The Science of Logic, logic, Karl Marx, science of logic, Hegelianism, consciousness, knowledge

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