The present work by Alan Woods looks at the development of philosophy from the ancient Greeks, its regression during the Dark Ages, and its rebirth with the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, until the final emergence of dialectical materialism, the philosophical outlook of Marxism. Alan Woods shows how Marx and Engels brought together the best of previous philosophical thinking to produce the Marxist philosophical outlook, which looks at the real material world, not as a static immovable reality, but one that is constantly changing and moving according to laws that can be discovered. Here we see how philosophy becomes an indispensable tool in the struggle for the revolutionary transformation of society.
Alan is a renowned Marxist theoretician, who has been an active participant in the revolutionary movement for over 60 years.
He has written extensively on many subjects, from Bolshevism: The Road to Revolution, to his response to latter-day revisionism in Reformism or Revolution. He has also written several books on specific historical processes, from the transition from the Franco dictatorship in Spain, to the national question in Ireland, to the history of the United States and much more.