material contradiction

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There are processes such as fire that consumes itself, or capitalism that arguably brings about its own collapse, that contain the seeds of their own destruction. In Marxist thought it is found useful to put this by saying that they thereby embody contradictions. Marxism also derives from Hegel the idea that at any point in the historical process adequate descriptions of reality must embody contradictions, which are there to be overcome.

Subjects: Philosophy.

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