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The History of Philosophy

In the first of a series of talks, Alan Woods adresses the Greenwich branch of the Socialist Appeal on the need for Philosophy, especially for those who are interested in the perspective of revolution. This talk begins with the materialist pre-Socratics of Greece, where real philosophy began, and the father of dialectics - Heraclitus. The relevance to politics of having a philosophy is to explain the apparent static reality of things, which is in fact a surface appearance that conceals maturing contradictions. Part 1.1 and Part 1.2. In the first of a series of talks, Alan Woods adresses the Greenwich branch of the Socialist Appeal on the need for Philosophy, especially for those who are interested in the perspective of revolution. This talk begins with the materialist pre-Socratics of Greece, where real philosophy began, and the father of dialectics - Heraclitus. The relevance to politics of having a philosophy is to explain the apparent static reality of things, which is in fact a surface appearance that conceals maturing contradictions. Part 1.1 and Part 1.2.
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