The Myth of Dialectics

Reinterpreting the Marx-Hegel Relation
Author(s): 
Rosenthal, John
ISBN: 
0333694422
Date published: 
January 1998
Hardback
Price: 
£45.00
Pages: 
256

For a century now Marxists have been searching for a 'rational kernel' of Hegelian 'dialectics' inside the 'mystical shell' of the Hegelian system. As against this entire tradition, Rosenthal insists that Hegelian philosophy is mysticism all the way through. He argues that Marx's supposed 'dialectic method' is simply a myth propagated by academics and proposes the provocative thesis that it is not, after all, Hegel's 'method' of which Marx made use in Capital but rather precisely Hegel's mysticism. The role of money in Marx and Hegel is examined in detail.