- Category: Theory
- Created on Saturday, 05 April 2008 06:06
- Written by Kasama
Our comrade Shinethepath has posted a particularly provocative quote (on the blog Good Morning, Revolution).
STP offers this quote as his initial response to the RCP's new synthesis (pending a more full critique which STP promises). This quote comes from Georg Lukacs, a major Communist philosopher of the Comintern generation (who is virtually unknown and unread among RCP supporters). This comes from his most famous book, History and Class Consciousness:
"Let us assume for the sake of argument that recent research had disproved once and for all every one of Marx’s individual theses. Even if this were to be proved, every serious ‘orthodox’ Marxist would still be able to accept all such modern findings without reservation and hence dismiss all of Marx’s theses in toto – without having to renounce his orthodoxy for a single moment. Orthodox Marxism, therefore, does not imply the uncritical acceptance of the results of Marx’s investigations. It is not the ‘belief’ in this or that thesis, nor the exegesis of a ‘sacred’ book. On the contrary, orthodoxy refers exclusively to method. It is the scientific conviction that dialectical materialism is the road to truth and that its methods can be developed, expanded and deepened only along the lines laid down by its founders. It is the conviction, moreover, that all attempts to surpass or ‘improve’ it have led and must lead to over-simplification, triviality and eclecticism."
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My question is a simple one: Is this correct?
Should we accept that specific, individual Marxist theses will come and go based on new data and thinking, but simultaneously promote a explicit ORTHODOXY around Marxist METHOD?