Max Eastman Quotes

Naive and Cloudy
Dialectic

Naive and Cloudy

“Dialectic Materialism, examined at its point of origin, turns out to be the rather naive, cloudy, unsuccessful and half-minded attempt of a matter-of-fact mind to escape from German metaphysics.” ~Max Eastman

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States of Passion
Animism

States of Passion

“The most persistent and most threatening enemy of the scientific attitude is the disposition of men to think what they want to think, to bend the results, and pervert its authority, to the support of their purposes and states of passion.” ~Max Eastman

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Common Sense
Animism

Common Sense

“The ability to rest in doubt, to withhold belief where belief is not warranted by methodological investigation is indispensable to expert common sense and it is the part most difficult for amateurs to learn.” ~Max Eastman

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Valid Knowledge
Freedom

Valid Knowledge

“Science regards all valid knowledge as derived ultimately from experience, derived by the methods of observation, experiment, and rational calculation, and subject to the practical test of action.” ~Max Eastman

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Mix the Facts
Animism

Mix the Facts

Marx “learned, as all good classical philosophers do, to mix the facts and the animistic presuppositions so intricately that it takes a lifetime to divide them.” ~Max Eastman

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Changeless
Animism

The Changeless

“Science has always occupied itself with changes, and animism has survived for the most part as an assertion of the Changeless which lies behind and beyond them.” ~Max Eastman

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Marx Not History
Marxism

Marx Not History

“It was Marx, and not History, that was determined to produce a social revolution, and his investigation of history was an attempt to find out the method by which it could be done.” ~Max Eastman

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Institutions and Superstitions
Capitalism

Institutions and Superstitions

“The German state patronized modern capitalism, perverting it to the support of feudal political institutions; and the German philosophers patronized modern science, perverting it to the support of animistic superstition.” ~Max Eastman

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