Internet Dialogue on Engels’s “Dialectics of Nature” Manuscript.
I recently responded to a Reddit query regarding Engels’s “Dialectics of Nature”, as follows --
My Response. Engels unfinished "Dialectics of Nature" manuscript -- never finally polished for publication by Engels -- features an ill-posed because abstract-from-history "law-ification" of material dialectics, falling into the error of "abstract materialism" for which Marx criticized modern, bourgeois natural science. Once the "aufheben" operation at the core of categorial dialectics is concretized for and located within Natural History, it becomes possible to see the totality of the known history of Nature, including human Nature as a [later] part thereof, as a singular 'Dialectic of Nature'. Of course, the history of Nature was much less known to science in the late 1800s than it is today, so Engels hardly had what he needed to grasp the historical dialectic of natural history as THE totality.