Dialectical materialism

NewtonΠάντα ῥεῖ [Everything flows]

Dialectical materialism is the philosophy or methodology of Marxism. Every political movement, party, or even statement of any kind bases itself, consciously or unconsciously, on some sort of philosophy or world outlook. Marxism is concerned with effecting a radical change in society, and therefore requires an exceptionally clear, thoroughgoing, and systemic set of philosophical principles.

The ideas of dialectical materialism, based on the best traditions of philosophical thought, are not a fixed dogma but a system of tools and general principles for analysing the world materialistically and scientifically.

The basic tenets of dialectical materialism are: that everything that exists is material and is derived from matter; that matter is in a process and constant change; and that all matter is interconnected and interdependent.

If we are to understand society in order to change it, this cannot be done arbitrarily, since the human will is not master of nature; rather, our ideas and thoughts are reflections of necessary material laws. Instead, we must seek to understand the laws of how human society changes. 

For a structured approach to reading about the topic we have created this comprehensive reading guide about Marxist philosophy.

Title Created Date Author
[Audio] Artificial intelligence and the nature of consciousness 29 March 2019 Daniel Morley
[Video] Dialectics: from Hegel to Marx 11 January 2019 Hamid Alizadeh
Introduction to the Revolutionary Philosophy of Marxism 21 December 2018 Alan Woods
Introduction to the Revolutionary Philosophy of Marxism – part two 14 December 2018 Alan Woods
[Video] The Revolutionary Philosophy of Marxism: book launch with Alan Woods in NYC 14 December 2018 In Defence of Marxism
[Video] Marxist philosophy: dialectical materialism 02 November 2018 Alan Woods
Of Marx, mice and Alberto Garzón: part two 26 September 2018 Alberto Arregui and Alan Woods
Of Marx, mice and Alberto Garzón: part one 25 September 2018 Alberto Arregui and Alan Woods
Scientific revolution and materialist philosophy: part two 31 August 2018 Ben Curry
Scientific revolution and materialist philosophy: part one 13 July 2018 Ben Curry
[Video] Idealism vs materialism: mind and matter 01 February 2018 Ben Curry
[Video] The Marxist Critique of Postmodernism 24 November 2017 Daniel Morley
[Video] Materialism and Dialectics in Ancient Greece 27 January 2017 Hamid Alizadeh
[Video] Dialectics, science, and nature 09 December 2016 Ben Curry
Marxism and philosophy 02 December 2016 Alan Woods
[Book] What is Marxism? 16 July 2015 (Various authors)
Marxist Philosophy and Modern Science - Introduction to the ebook edition of Reason in Revolt 12 June 2015 Alan Woods
The Crisis of Cosmology - Part three 20 November 2014 Adam Booth
The Crisis of Cosmology - Part two 18 November 2014 Adam Booth
The Crisis of Cosmology - Part one 17 November 2014 Adam Booth