J.V. Stalin on the Dialectical Materialist Method

Stalin

“The dialectical method therefore holds that no phenomenon in nature can be understood if taken by itself, isolated from surrounding phenomena, inasmuch as any phenomena in any realm of nature may become meaningless to us if it is not considered in connection with surrounding conditions but divorced from them; and that, vice-versa, any phenomenon can be understood and explained if considered in its inseparable connection with surrounding phenomena, as one conditioned by surrounding phenomena.”

“Everything depends on the conditions, time and place. It is clear that without such a historical approach to social phenomena, the existence and development of the science of history is impossible…”

“Hence the practical activity of the party of the proletariat must not be based on the good wishes of ‘outstanding individuals,’ not on the dictates of ‘reason,’ ‘universal morals’ etc., but on the laws of development of society and the study of these laws…”

“Hence in order not to err in policy, in order not to find itself in the position of idle dreams, the party of the proletariat must not base its activities on abstract ‘principles of human reason’ but on the concrete conditions of the material life of society as the determining force of social development; not on the good wishes of ‘great men’ but on the real needs of development of the material life of society.”

J.V. Stalin, “Dialectical and Historical Materialism”

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