By Nick Knight

This booklet recounts the background of Marxist philosophy in China among 1923 and 1945 during the writings and actions of 4 philosophers: Qu Qiubai, Ai Siqi, Li Da and Mao Zedong. of those philosophers – Qu and Mao – have been additionally political activists and leaders, yet their contribution to this heritage is as very important, if no more so, than the contribution of Ai and Li who have been predominantly philosophers and students. The inclusion of Qu and Mao underlines the intimate connection among philosophy and politics within the innovative flow in China. it isn't attainable to talk credibly of Marxist philosophy in China with no contemplating the political context during which its advent, elaboration and dissemination proceeded. certainly, all of the philosophers thought of during this booklet repudiated the inspiration that the examine of philosophy was once a scholastic highbrow workout with out political importance. every one of those philosophers looked himself as a progressive, and regarded philosophy to be invaluable accurately since it may possibly facilitate a comprehension of the area and so speed up efforts to alter it. through an identical token, every one of those philosophers took philosophy heavily; each one bent his brain to the daunting activity of gaining knowledge of the arcane and labyrinthian philosophical approach of dialectical materialism. Philosophy may well good be political, they believed, yet this used to be no excuse for philosophical dilettantism.

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