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We have noted that it involves differences, levels, polarizations, contradictions. To analyze and expound its creative power, we must take our point of departure from the universal concepts that philosophy has elaborated. , just another philosophy, derivative of or substitute for philosophy in the old sense? All these tendencies are to be discerned in the contemporary Marxist movement higgledy-piggledy, without elucidation of the hypotheses or their implications. Actually, for all practical purposes, official Marxism takes an empiricist, positivist attitude, under cover of a philosophical phraseology.
As for the Hegelian thesis according to which the middle class (and the state bureaucracy bound up with it) is the “universal” class, bearer of knowledge and consciousness to all mankind, Marx flays it in the strongest possible terms. Now, the question has to be asked: is the Marxian criticism a “theoretical” one? Yes, it is. It proceeds by analysis of concepts to the very core of theory, and beyond. But it is a fundamentally practical criticism at the same time. The trouble with the Hegelian system was that it made history culminate in the present, represented a sort of “end of history,” and thereby paralyzed the hope of action.
Although it is true that materialism, generally speaking, has been the philosophy of oppressed and revolutionary classes, including the middle classes, the function of the working class is a radically new one. By clearly stressing praxis (society’s actual doing and making, based on industry, which makes it possible to become conscious of all human practice in history), this class leaves behind and rejects once and for all earlier interpretations of life which correspond to obsolete stages in the class struggle.