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Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx's Method - Table of Contents <DIALECTICAL MARXISM: The Writings of Bertell Ollman
Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx's Method

Table of Contents

  Acknowledgements   ix

Introduction: Marxism, This Tale of Two Cities   i

   
STEP I
1.  The Meaning of Dialectics   11

   
STEP II
2.  Social Relations as Subject Matter   23

3.  The Philosophy of Internal Relations   36

4.  In Defense of The Philosophy of Internal Relations   51

   
STEP III
5.  Putting Dialectics to Work: The Process of Abstraction in Marx's Method   59
  1. The Problem: How to Think Adequately about Change and Interaction   59
  2. The Solution Lies in the Power of Abstraction   60
  3. How Marx's Abstractions Differ   63
  4. The Philosophy of Internal Relations   69
  5. Three Modes of Abstraction: Extension,   73
  6. Levels of Generality, and   86
  7. Vantage Point   99
  8. The Role of Abstractions in the Debates over Marxism   110
   
STEP IV
Studying History Backward: A Neglected Feature of Marx's Materialist Conception of History   115

7.  Dialectic of Inquiry and Exposition   127

8.  Marxism and Political Science: Prolegomenon to a Debate on Marx's Method   135

9.  Why Dialectics? Why Now? or, How to Study the Communist Future Inside the Capitalist Present   155

   
STEP V
10.  Critical Realism in Light of Marx's Process of Abstraction   173

11.  Marx's Dialectic Is More Than a Mode of Exposition: A Critique of Systematic Dialectics   182

12.  Why Does the Emperor Need the Yakuza? Prolegomenon to a Marxist Theory of the Japanese State   193

 
Bibliography   217

Index of Names and Ideas   223