Lenin: the theory of knowledge of dialectical materialism – part twenty-four

 

Freedom and Necessity (continued)

…Engels does not attempt to contrive “definitions” of freedom and necessity, the kind of scholastic definitions with which the reactionary professors (like Avenarius) and their disciples (like Bogdanov) are most concerned. Engels takes the knowledge and will of man, on the one hand, and the necessity of nature, on the other, and instead of giving any definitions, simply says that the necessity of nature is primary, and human will and mind secondary. The latter must necessarily and inevitably adapt themselves to the former. Engels regards this as so obvious that he does not waste words explaining his view.

V.I.Lenin, Materialism and Empirio-criticism: Critical Comments on a Reactionary Philosophy, Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1975, 171

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Part twenty-four/to be continued…

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