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dialectical materialism


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The Marxian interpretation of reality that views matter as the sole subject of change and all change as the product of a constant conflict between opposites arising from the internal contradictions inherent in all events, ideas, and movements.

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  • noun philosophy The concept of reality in which material things are in the constant process of change brought about by the tension between conflicting or interacting forces, elements, or ideas

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  • noun the materialistic philosophy of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels


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