Zang, Feng-Yu

On “Dialectics of the Concrete” in Examining the Academic relationship between Marx and Engels. Analysis Kosik’s Concept of Dialectics and its Contemporary Significance


50 years ago, Czech philosopher Kosik presented “Dialectics of the Concrete” in Soviet Union and Eastern Europe Marxist context. It provided a new possibility to understand the nature of Marxist philosophy, which made dialectics into specific social and historical phenomenon depths, to avoid falling into the stereotype of “pseudo-concrete world”. This dialectic concept expressed in the context of phenomenology affirmed Marx’s critique to “pseudo-concrete world” and negated Engels’ examination of dialectic as pure philosophy, which made a judgment on the academic relationship of Marx and Engels. His important academic revelation to us are: (a) “Concrete” is the key to measure the different dialectics of Marx and Engels, (b) it needs to study the relationship between Marx and Engels with concrete and dialectic ideas. Understanding Kosik’s “Dialectics of the Concrete” from this view can also be presenting specific historical sights to our interpretation.