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Justice in the Marxist Dialectic of Rules

David Braybrooke, Bryson Brown, Peter K. Schotch and Laura Byrne

in Logic on the Track of Social Change

Published in print December 1995 | ISBN: 9780198235309
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679056 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198235309.003.0007

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Justice in the Marxist Dialectic of Rules

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This chapter, as in the two chapters preceding, focuses on the basic task of demonstrating to historians that rules as we understand them in our logic are the same things — formulated more explicitly, in a logically standard or ‘canonical’ language — as the rules that historians themselves deal with. Along with this, again, it seeks to show that formulating them more explicitly encourages more precision in treating them; and thus raises questions that, pursued to the end, advance historical enquiry. The chapter, however, notably extends the reach of its illustrations. Marriage and property, the subjects of the two chapters preceding, are important institutions, central to defining cultures and social structures. The last chapter connected the rules governing property and changes in them with large processes of social change. In this chapter, such processes are taken up on the high ground of the Marxist dialectic of history. It shows how some sense can be made of the dialectic if it is treated as concerned with changes in rules made explicit as our logic would make them. In particular, it draws again upon our logic for a notion of ‘quandary’, which functions like the notion of ‘contradiction’, cited in the dialectic, to create an occasion for social change, even inevitable social change.

Keywords: logic; rules; social change; marriage; property; Marxist dialectic; history

Chapter.  11981 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic

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