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Philosophy and Revolution
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Hegel’s call to grasp spirit of the timesJuly 5, 2022
Because nothing is more urgent in a time of such crisis than grasping and acting on the spirit of the time in a revolutionary manner, we excerpt a lecture given by Dunayevskaya taking up Hegel’s Absolutes for our day.
From the writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: The methodology of PerspectivesMay 1, 2020
History warns us of other critical periods…which give us historic proof that mere opposition to such monstrous degeneration (of capitalism) does not lead to new societies. On the contrary. It only assures the transformation of that type of bare opposition into one form or another of a halfway house.
50 Years later…The 1968 French general strike–its meaning today.May 5, 2018
A participant looks at the 1968 French general strike, filled with potential to transform society, and discusses why it failed and the ramifications of that for today.
Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2018-2019: Fighting Trump and his fascist allies in practice and theoryMay 1, 2018
Part I of the Draft Perspectives Thesis: Trump’s war show.
The real threat of war reflects Trump’s extremeness as a product of failing capitalism, which is not an aberration but an index of the nature of U.S. capitalist imperialism.
Readers’ Views: The Dialectic and the Meaning of the Russian RevolutionJanuary 31, 2018
The dialectic and the meaning of the Russian Revolution.
Readers’ Views, November-December 2017: Part 2November 14, 2017
Readers’ Views on: Concepts that unite philosophy & revolution; Lies poison us; Class justice, and Voices from behind bars
From the writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: A concrete universal: Marx’s ‘Capital’–Part 2August 28, 2017
Continuing to mark the 150th anniversary of Karl Marx’s Capital, we present excerpts from “Marx’s Transcendence of and Return to Hegel’s Dialectic,” taking up the profound humanist transformation from Marx’s Grundrisse into Capital.
From the writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: A concrete universal: Marx’s “Capital”–Part 1July 2, 2017
Continuing to mark the 150th anniversary of Karl Marx’s Capital, Vol. I, we present excerpts from “Marx’s Transcendence of and Return to Hegel’s Dialectic,” a draft chapter for Dunayevskaya’s book Philosophy and Revolution, taking up the profound humanist transformation from Marx’s Grundrisse into Capital.
From The Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Women as thinkers and revolutionariesJanuary 24, 2016
Olga Domanski’s summary of the series on “Women as Thinkers and as Revolutionaries” by Raya Dunayevskaya.
From The Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Black masses, youth and the needed U.S. revolution: philosophy and realityDecember 10, 2015
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: “Black masses, youth and the needed U.S. revolution: philosophy and reality” looks at the possibility of revolution in the U.S. and the importance of Black masses as vanguard.
Letter from Mexico: The Zapatistas and Critical ThoughtJuly 4, 2015
An appreciative and critical look at the Zapatistas’ seminar held in Chiapas, Mexico, May 3-9 on “Critical Thought in Face of the Hydra of Capitalism,” by a participant.
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: The dialectic and women’s liberationApril 30, 2015
The article excerpts a summary of a talk by Dunayevskaya to a conference on Women’s Liberation in Detroit. The purpose of the meeting was to help Dunayevskaya work out the final chapter of her book then in progress, Philosophy and Revolution. That last chapter would take up the “New Passions and New Forces” for the reconstruction of society. The Conference was also the beginning of the News & Letters—Women’s Liberation Committee.
Another look at Hegel’s ‘Phenomenology of Mind’September 14, 2014
From the January-February 2002 News & Letters
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya
Editor’s Note: We publish here a discussion of what Marx considered Hegel’s greatest philosophic work—The Phenomenology of Mind. The first piece is a letter written by Raya Dunayevskaya to an Iranian colleague on June 26, 19861It was written to Janet Afary, author of The [=>]
Readers’ Views, July-August 2014, Part 2July 7, 2014
From the July-August 2014 issue of News & Letters
UNCHAINING THE DIALECTIC
Raya Dunayevskaya’s 1953 breakthrough on Hegel’s Absolute Idea enabled her to illuminate a path not traveled by previous generations of revolutionaries. She is quite emphatic in raising the importance of “Unchaining the Revolutionary Dialectic” (May-June 2014 N&L), and capturing what [=>]
Dialectics of revolution: American roots and world Humanist conceptsSeptember 18, 2010
From the new September-October 2010 issue of News & Letters:
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya
Dialectics of revolution: American roots and world Humanist concepts
Editor’s note: For the centenary of Raya Dunayevskaya’s birth, we present excerpts from her March 21, 1985, lecture at the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University, Detroit, at the opening [=>]