Dialectical materialism

NewtonΠάντα ῥεῖ [Everything flows]

Dialectical materialism is the philosophy or methodology of Marxism. Every political movement, party, or even statement of any kind bases itself, consciously or unconsciously, on some sort of philosophy or world outlook. Marxism is concerned with effecting a radical change in society, and therefore requires an exceptionally clear, thoroughgoing, and systemic set of philosophical principles.

The ideas of dialectical materialism, based on the best traditions of philosophical thought, are not a fixed dogma but a system of tools and general principles for analysing the world materialistically and scientifically.

The basic tenets of dialectical materialism are: that everything that exists is material and is derived from matter; that matter is in a process and constant change; and that all matter is interconnected and interdependent.

If we are to understand society in order to change it, this cannot be done arbitrarily, since the human will is not master of nature; rather, our ideas and thoughts are reflections of necessary material laws. Instead, we must seek to understand the laws of how human society changes. 

For a structured approach to reading about the topic we have created this comprehensive reading guide about Marxist philosophy.

Title Created Date Author
[Audio] Artificial intelligence and the nature of consciousness 29 March 2019 Daniel Morley
[Video] Dialectics: from Hegel to Marx 11 January 2019 Hamid Alizadeh
Introduction to the Revolutionary Philosophy of Marxism 21 December 2018 Alan Woods
Introduction to the Revolutionary Philosophy of Marxism – part two 14 December 2018 Alan Woods
[Video] The Revolutionary Philosophy of Marxism: book launch with Alan Woods in NYC 14 December 2018 In Defence of Marxism
[Video] Marxist philosophy: dialectical materialism 02 November 2018 Alan Woods
Of Marx, mice and Alberto Garzón: part two 26 September 2018 Alberto Arregui and Alan Woods
Of Marx, mice and Alberto Garzón: part one 25 September 2018 Alberto Arregui and Alan Woods
Scientific revolution and materialist philosophy: part two 31 August 2018 Ben Curry
Scientific revolution and materialist philosophy: part one 13 July 2018 Ben Curry
[Video] Idealism vs materialism: mind and matter 01 February 2018 Ben Curry
[Video] The Marxist Critique of Postmodernism 24 November 2017 Daniel Morley
[Video] Materialism and Dialectics in Ancient Greece 27 January 2017 Hamid Alizadeh
[Video] Dialectics, science, and nature 09 December 2016 Ben Curry
Marxism and philosophy 02 December 2016 Alan Woods
[Book] What is Marxism? 16 July 2015 (Various authors)
Marxist Philosophy and Modern Science - Introduction to the ebook edition of Reason in Revolt 12 June 2015 Alan Woods
The Crisis of Cosmology - Part three 20 November 2014 Adam Booth
The Crisis of Cosmology - Part two 18 November 2014 Adam Booth
The Crisis of Cosmology - Part one 17 November 2014 Adam Booth
Quantum physics, dialectics and society: from Marx and Engels to Khrennikov and Haven 04 December 2013 Ben Gliniecki
The Ideas of Karl Marx 21 June 2013 Alan Woods
Marx’s revolution in philosophy - Reflections on the Theses on Feuerbach 17 May 2013 Alan Woods
[Video] Marxism and science 07 March 2013 John Pickard
[Audio] History of Philosophy 15 January 2013 Alan Woods
[Audio] Philosophy and dialectics 05 April 2012 Daniel Morley
Trotsky’s “Their Morals and Ours” – a review 27 October 2011 Siana Bangura
Dutch edition of Reason in Revolt out now - Preface 18 October 2011 Alan Woods
Why we are Marxists 13 December 2010 Alan Woods
[Audio] Dialectical Materialism - the Philosophy of Marxism 17 April 2008 Rob Sewell
Georg Lukács, the ‘Dialectics of Nature’ and the ‘free creation of history’ 26 February 2008 Daniel Morley
The revolutionary dialectic and the liberation of humanity* 26 October 2007 Ann Robertson
Preface to the new edition of Engels’ Dialectics of Nature 24 January 2007 Rob Sewell
The History of Philosophy 09 July 2006 Alan Woods
ABC of Materialist Dialectics 08 July 2005 Leon Trotsky
Marxism and Psychoanalysis - Notes on Wilhelm Reich's Life and Works 15 October 2004 Alessandro D'Aloia
What is dialectical materialism? 02 November 2002 Rob Sewell
Dialectical Materialism 17 January 2002 John Pickard
Marxism and Religion 22 July 2001 Alan Woods
The Origins of Our Species 15 May 2001 Rob Sewell
What is Marxism? 15 March 2000 Rob Sewell and Alan Woods
150 years of the Communist Manifesto 25 November 1997 Alan Woods
[Book] Reason in Revolt: Marxist Philosophy and Modern Science 01 May 1995 Alan Woods and Ted Grant
Introduction to The ABC of Materialist Dialectics 18 April 1994 Rob Sewell
Dialectical Materialism and Science 17 September 1925 Leon Trotsky
Lenin on Socialism and Religion (1905) 16 December 1905 V.I. Lenin