The Dialectic of Structure and History: An Introduction

Authors

  • István Mészáros

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-063-01-2011-05_2

Keywords:

Socialism, Marxism

Abstract

The investigation of the dialectical relationship between structure and history is essential for a proper understanding of the nature and the defining characteristics of any social formation in which sustainable solutions are being sought to the encountered problems. This is particularly important in the case of capital's social formation, with its inexorable tendency toward an all-embracing, structurally embedded determination of all aspects of societal reproduction and the—feasible for the first time ever—global domination implicit in that form of development. It is therefore by no means accidental that, in the interest of the required structural change, Marx had to focus critical attention on the concept of social structure, in the historical period of crises and revolutionary explosions of the 1840s when he articulated his own—radically new—conception of history.

Published

2011-05-02

Issue

Section

Articles