By Nick Knight
This ebook recounts the heritage of Marxist philosophy in China among 1923 and 1945 throughout the writings and actions of 4 philosophers: Qu Qiubai, Ai Siqi, Li Da and Mao Zedong. of those philosophers – Qu and Mao – have been additionally political activists and leaders, yet their contribution to this historical past is as very important, if no more so, than the contribution of Ai and Li who have been predominantly philosophers and students. The inclusion of Qu and Mao underlines the intimate connection among philosophy and politics within the innovative stream in China. it isn't attainable to talk credibly of Marxist philosophy in China with out contemplating the political context during which its creation, elaboration and dissemination proceeded. certainly, all of the philosophers thought of during this booklet repudiated the proposal that the research of philosophy used to be a scholastic highbrow workout with out political importance. every one of those philosophers appeared himself as a progressive, and thought of philosophy to be beneficial accurately since it may perhaps facilitate a comprehension of the area and so speed up efforts to alter it. by way of a similar token, every one of those philosophers took philosophy heavily; each one bent his brain to the daunting job of learning the arcane and labyrinthian philosophical method of dialectical materialism. Philosophy may perhaps good be political, they believed, yet this was once no excuse for philosophical dilettantism.