Materialism and Dialectics in Post-Classical World
Impact of Electromagnetism
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Evolution of the concepts of atom and atomism, and the impact of electromagnetism on our worldview, is the object of our study in this book. Electromagnetism is the key link in the transition from classical to post-classical worldview. This transition is caused by the one from our thought based upon the tangibles to that based upon the intangibles. Electromagnetism inaugrated an era of light speeds and near it, and of the world constituted by such speeds. Philosophy and the worldview need to catch up and undergo a basic change.
Atom as a concept and reality is under severe stress as explanation of reality. Reality has come out of atomic limits and unveiled a new world, which is constituted of quantum, relativity, wave/particle duality, etc. It is a challenge to philosophy, which re-fashioning to interpret the post-classical world based on rapid motions.
We need to develop new concepts and bring about a realignment in various thought constituents. Rather thatn 'overthrow' matter, we are delving deeper into it. Philosophy and human thought itself stands on the brink of redefinition. In the present book the author shows how electromagnetism connects classical with post-classical thought, creating new structures, and impacting materialism and dialectics.
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Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Atom and Atomism 2. Electromagnetism and Field: Reality at Light Speed 3. Classical to Post-classical Reality: A Critique of Mechanistic and Idealistic Views by Einstein 4. Attitude of British and German Scientists 5. Changes Brought About by Maxwell in Worldview 6. Lenin on Revolution in Natural Sciences and Concept of Matter 7. Implications of EM and Quantum for Worldview 8. Kantian Agnosticism and Transition to Electromagnetism 9. Einstein and Dialectics of Evolution of Field 10. Characteristics of Mechanical (Mechanistic) Philosophy and Problems of Quantity-Quality Conversions 11. Discussion and Conclusions
Anil Rajimwale is a Marxist theoretician, contributing consistently to the enrichment of scientific Marxist theory over the years. He has written widely on philosophy, history, economics, politics, natural and social sciences, technology etc. At present he is studying impact of scientific and technological revolution (STR) on theory and society, and is preparing multi-volume work. He is presently general secretary of All India Progressive Forum (AIPF).