What follows is an excerpt from Maurice Cornforth’s 1952 Readers’ Guide to the Marxist Classics.

II. THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF MARXISM-LENINISM

(B) MORE ADVANCED READING

(2) Frederick Engels. Anti-Dühring. Karl Marx & Frederick Engels Collected Works, Vol. 25, International Publishers, 1989. pp. 1-309.

(c) Part 1: Chapters 5-8 (pp. 44-78)


[Continuing from Last Week:]

He goes on to discuss the concepts of “the unity of the world” and of time and space¹, and then devotes several chapters to natural science²—physics, chemistry and biology. In the chapters on biology in particular, the reader will find a profound discussion of the Darwinian theory of evolution and of the nature of life: subsequent science has more and more confirmed the standpoint taken by Engels in these chapters. In Chapter III there is an important discussion on the nature of mathematics.

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¹ See Lenin, Materialism and Empirio-Criticism.

² See also Engels, Dialectics of Nature.

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