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SHAPE Issue 42
What is to be Done?
I. Epiphany, Activism, Election and Expulsion
II. Political Stance, Campaigns and Theory
III. Philosophy, Researches & Zeno
IV. Inter-disciplinary Studies, Dichotomies & Eye-Brain Interpretations
V. Technology, Science’s Source & Method, Plurality and Holism
VI. Contradiction and Abstraction
VII. Explanation-or-Use, The Crisis in Physics, Reality Evolves
VIII. Revolutionary Change, Marx & Hegelian Dialectics
IX. Outstanding Tasks, The Holist Stance
X. Emergences, Breaking from Old Ideas, Tackling the Problems
XI. Universally Applicable Theory, Science, Explanation above all
XII. The Fight Back, a Physical Ground
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Welcome to Issue 42 of Shape Journal. This issue collects all 12 parts of my What is to be done? blog series, originally written as a single 15,000-word paper back in 2008.
This was an important milestone and preceded literally all the later significant theoretical developments by this Marxist theorist.
Nevertheless, it was, and still is, an attempt to deliver a comprehensive approach, by a modern-day Marxist, to the significant problems that were then considered to be still outstanding in both Philosophy and Science.
The credentials of this writer, that you may consider are appropriate to the task are that I am a professional scientist, in fact, a retired Professor from London University, and a lifelong, active revolutionary socialist. So, the subject will be treated professionally, and its validity will be proved by the analytical power revealed by its wholly new contributions.
It will not be an historical narrative, but a current, urgent development of Marxist Theory! The paper was always an important attempt, in spite of its evident omissions, because, nevertheless, its completion went a long way to defining, “What is to be done!” But, of course, it will only be by the subsequent successes of the new approach that it will, and should, be judged.
For the author’s Theory of Emergences was only formulated two years after the completion of this paper. And the scientifically significant Theory of the Double Slit Experiments in Sub Atomic Physics was also only begun during the writing of this paper, and finally formulated the following year. So, why not just deliver those completed theories?
Well, they certainly require some sort of grounding, without which they will not inform and empower the reader.
This chosen work is being republished here, because of what it does achieve in establishing the necessary agenda and ground. The intention was not to merely add the current “Works of the Masters”, but to encourage potential Marxists to actually join the fray. For the task, being applied to a living, changing World, is clearly never ending!