Lenin on Marx & Hegel

"Men thought dialectically long before they knew what dialectics was."
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class="first">Lenin on Marx & Hegel

Post by LapTopPhilosopher » Sun Nov 29, 2020 1:16 am

I don't know if this is true, but I read that Lenin said that to understand just the first chapter of Marx's Capital, one needed to know all of Hegel's Logic.
If anyone knows if and where Lenin said this, please reply below.

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>Re: Lenin on Marx & Hegel

Post by HerbM » Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:02 am

LapTopPhilosopher - You are correct! This is not one of those fake quotes you sometimes (often?) see attributed to Hegel, Marx and/or Lenin. The exact quote is:
Aphorism: It is impossible completely to understand Marx's Capital, and especially its first chapter, without having thoroughly studied and understood the whole of Hegel's Logic. Consequently, half a century later none of the Marxists understood Marx!!
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V.I. Lenin: Collected Works, fourth edition, volume 38 (1976) p.180

The typography of this book is unusual, so I am including the relevant page below.

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>Re: Lenin on Marx & Hegel

Post by LapTopPhilosopher » Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:01 pm

Beautiful - Thanks for posting!
Good to know some internet quotes aren’t too good to be true!

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