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dialectical materialism Syllabification: di·a·lec·ti·cal ma·te·ri·al·ism

Definition of dialectical materialism in English:


The Marxist theory (adopted as the official philosophy of the Soviet communists) that political and historical events result from the conflict of social forces and are interpretable as a series of contradictions and their solutions. The conflict is believed to be caused by material needs.
Example sentences
  • Marx wants to combine the active, dialectical side of idealist thought with the materialism of Feuerbach: hence dialectical materialism as later Marxists called it (though Marx himself never used this phrase).
  • Gray describes it as a legitimate successor to that other secular utopian project, the Marxist version of dialectical materialism.
  • Historically the main spur to Marxists seeking such an alternative to the reductionist and the scientistic conception of dialectical materialism came from Max Weber.


dialectical materialist

noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • This is the essence of the dialectical materialist method of Marxism.
  • If Marx and Engels with their dialectical materialist method have superseded the conceptual subject/object dichotomy, what remains to us is to supersede this dichotomy from a historical and socio-political point of view.
  • Those familiar with German critical psychology, may be alternately pleased, dismayed, or surprised to find an approach that differs significantly from that psychology's dialectical materialist approach.

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