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For the critique of idealism, cp. R. B. Perry, Present Philosophical Tendencies. , 1912, pp. ; and V. I. Lenin, Materialism and Empiro-Criticism, New York, International Publishers, 1927, Introduction. Cf. also the present writer's criticism of idealism in Philosophic Thought in France and the United States, Albany, State University of New York Press, 1968, pp. 428 f. Prominent in the tradition of idealistic reasoning is the "cardinal principle of idealism," that "consciousness in some form is the one necessary and universal condition of being" (Perry, op.

The reflective description of the process of idealization tends to dispel that dogma, and shows that the function of constituting ideal forms, and, indeed, the entire process of ideal identification, of the recognition of sameness, is not only necessary for theoretical purposes, but also for the most fundamental activities of experience. A well-known type of question will be suggested at once. , whether there 4. Cf. E. Husserl, Erfahrung und Urteil, Prague, Academia Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1939, for a detailed descriptive analysis of such contributions.

At other times, however, materialists may be seen to be socially conservative, defending the existing economic system while rejecting supernaturalism. Because they aim to transform the existing social system, the dialectical materialists may be regarded as broadly similar to the French materialists, although, to be sure, their historical derivation is not accounted for thereby. As for idealism, it may be noted that German idealism from Kant to Hegel had its progressive as well as conservative < previous page page_42 If you like this book, buy it!

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