JBP and Marx

Peterson’s idea that we live not in the world of objects, but in the world of actions – actually echoes Marx’s famous 11 thesis:

Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.

And we can read the whole Theses on Feuerbach in a similar fashion. For example, this is both brilliantly pre-Darwinian and pre-Pragmatic.

The question whether objective truth can be attributed to human thinking is not a question of theory but is a practical question. Man must prove the truth, i.e., the reality and power, the this-sidedness [Diesseitigkeit] of his thinking, in practice. The dispute over the reality or non-reality of thinking which is isolated from practice is a purely scholastic question.

On the Origin of Species went on sale almost 15 years later, and Peirce and Dewey put forward their ideas more than a generation after Marx’s seminal work.

 

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