On Marxism To-Day

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Maurice Dobb


It is usual for the Englishman, with the bluff common sense of a 'nation of shopkeepers' to hold philosophies and broad generalizations in contempt. The tradition of our thought is empiricist. The pride of our thinkers is to be practical, to turn paradox into the obvious and to translate the mysteries of the universe into the language of the best-seller. The skepticism of Hume strikes us as eminently urbane and reasonable contrasted with the stupendous dogmatism of Hegel; and we prefer even to be frankly inconsistent if consistency means a striving after architectonic 'systems' of thought in the manner of classic German philosophy.' (7)



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