Greek Philosophy, the Scientific Revolution, Abstraction,
Phenomenology, & the Money Economy:
Selected Bibliography

compiled by Ralph Dumain

Alfred Sohn-Rethel Online Database (blog).

Alfred Sohn-Rethel Bibliography.

Black, David. The Capitalism of Philosophy? Sohn-Rethel on Intellectual and Manual Labour– a Critique: PART ONE, January 2009.

Black, David. ‘Reification a Myth’ Shock (or What Gillian Rose Tells Us About Sohn-Rethel, Adorno and Ancient Greece), The Hobgoblin, July 27, 2010.

Bogomolov, A. S. History of Ancient Philosophy: Greece and Rome; translated by Vladimir Stankevich. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1985. (Guides to the Social Sciences)

Capizzi, Antonio. The Cosmic Republic: Notes for a Non-Peripatetic History of the Birth of Philosophy in Greece. Amsterdam: Gieben, 1990. (Philosophica; 3)

Caudwell, Christopher. The Crisis in Physics, edited with an introduction by Professor H[yman] Levy. London: John Lane, 1939 [repr. 1949]. New edition: Verso Books, 2018.

Clark, Geoffrey. Review of Heads or Tails: The Poetics of Money by Jochen HörischYearbook of German-American Studies, vol. 38 (2003), pp. 316-318.

DeGrood, David H. “The Thunderbolt, Interpenetration and Heraclitus,” in Dialectics and Revolution. Volume 1 by David H. DeGrood (Amsterdam: B.R. Grüner Publishing Co., 1978), Chapter I, pp. 13-48. (Philosophical Currents; v. 21)

Engster, Frank. “Sohn-Rethel’s Unity of the Critique of Society and the Critique of Epistemology, and his Theoretical Blind Spot: Measure,” Historical Materialism (2023) 1-46. Published online 4 January 2024.

Falk, Pasi. Book Review (Rudolf Wolfgang Müller, Geld und Geist), Acta Sociologica, Vol. 20, No. 4, 1977, pp. 393-396.

Goux, Jean-Joseph. Symbolic Economics after Marx and Freud, translated by Jennifer Curtiss Gage (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1990), Chapter 3: Monetary Economy and Idealist Philosophy, pp. 88-111.

Gudskov, Nikolao. Kiel la Homo Ekis Pensi: Eseoj pri la Helena Filozofio. Moskvo: Impeto, 2012. Original Esperanto work (How Man Began to Think: Essays on Hellenic Philosophy).

Hörisch, Jochen. Heads or Tails: The Poetics of Money; translated by Amy Horning Marschall. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2000.

Karatani, Kōjin. Isonomia and the Origins of Philosophy, translated by Joseph A. Murphy. Durham; London: Duke University Press, 2017.

Müller, Rudolf Wolfgang. Geld und Geist: Zur Entstehungsgeschichte von Identitätsbewußtsein und Rationalität seit der Antike. Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag, 1977.

Novack, George. The Origins of Materialism: The Evolution of a Scientific View of the World. New York: Pathfinder Press, 1965.

Materialism: a scientific view of the world [excerpts], The Militant, Vol. 68/No. 24, June 28, 2004.

Brown, Pete. "Sucking up to the Sophists: Novack on the Origins of Materialism" [review], Communist Voice #6, Jan. 15, 1996.

Oizerman, T. I.; Bogomolov, A. S. Principles of the Theory of Historical Process in Philosophy, translated by H. Campbell Creighton. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1986. (See also review by R. Dumain.)

Parsons, Howard L. "Theories of Knowledge: A Dialectical, Historical Critique," in: Dialectical Perspectives in Philosophy and Social Science, edited by Pasquale N. Russo et al (Amsterdam: B.R. Grüner, 1983), pp. 1-35.

Seaford, Richard. Money and the Early Greek Mind: Homer, Philosophy, Tragedy. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Table of contentsPublisher description.

Seaford, Richard. The Origins of Philosophy in Ancient Greece and Ancient India: A Historical Comparison. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2020.

“I define ‘philosophy’ as the attempt to explain systematically, and without relying on superhuman agency, the fundamental features of the universe and the place of human beings in it. This is not the only possible definition, but is the most revealing one for our period, in which we find the advent of ‘philosophy’ (or something very like it) in Greece, India, and China, and nowhere else.”

Sohn-Rethel, Alfred. “Historical Materialist Theory of Knowledge,” Marxism Today, 1965.

Sohn-Rethel, Alfred. Intellectual and Manual Labor: A Critique of Epistemology. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1977. Chapter 4 (offsite).

Sohn-Rethel, Alfred. “Science as Alienated Consciousness” [with Editors’ and Author’s Introductions], in Radical Science Essays, edited by Les Levidow (London: Free Association Books; Atlantic Highlands, N.J.: Humanities Press International, 1986), pp. 104-139.

Tamás, G.M. "The Uniqueness of Capitalism and the Normative Content of a Socialist Political Philosophy," November 2008.

Thomson, George. The First Philosophers: Studies in Ancient Greek Society. London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1972. (First published 1955, 2nd ed. 1961, reprinted with corrections, 1972.)

Toscano, Alberto. "The Culture of Abstraction," Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 25, no. 4, 2008, pp. 57–75.

Toscano, Alberto. ‘Young Turk’ Toscano on Adorno, Sohn-Rethel, Paci: Another ‘must read’ shocker on abstraction, Principia Dialectica (blog), 27 July 2011.

Vernant, Jean Pierre. The Origins of Greek Thought [translated from French]. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1982.

Wolf, Philipp. "The A Priori of Money: Alfred Sohn-Rethel and Literature," Tropismes 9 : L’argent, 1999.

Phenomenological Marxism & the Scientific Revolution

Gurwitsch, Aron. "Comment on the Paper by H. Marcuse," in: Proceedings of the Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of Science, 1962-1964 [Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science; Volume Two: In Honor of Philipp Frank], edited by Robert S. Cohen and Marx W. Wartofsky (New York: Humanities Press, 1965), Chapter 9, pp. 291-306.

Marcuse, Herbert. "On Science and Phenomenology," in: Proceedings of the Boston Colloquium for the Philosophy of Science, 1962-1964 [Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science; Volume Two: In Honor of Philipp Frank], edited by Robert S. Cohen and Marx W. Wartofsky (New York: Humanities Press, 1965), Chapter 9, pp. 279-290.

Piccone, Paul. “Towards a Socio‑Historical Interpretation of the Scientific Revolution,” Telos, vol. 1, no. 1, Spring 1968, pp. 16-26.

Vajda, Mihály. "Lukács' and Husserl's Critiques of Science," Telos, no. 38, Winter 1978-79, pp. 104-118.

Other Studies of Abstraction, Philosophy, & (Galilean) Science

Banaji, Jairus. “A Philosophy of Revolutionary Practice: The first two theses on Feuerbach” [1977], Historical Materialism, 29 May 2020.

Cramer, Florian. Words Made Flesh: Code, Culture, Imagination. Rotterdam: Piet Zwart Institute, 2005.

Geymonat, Ludovico. Galileo Galilei: A Biography and Inquiry into His Philosophy of Science; foreword by Giorgio de Santillana; translated from Italian with additional notes and appendix by Stillman Drake. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1965.

Koetsier, Teun. The Ascent of GIM, the Global Intelligent Machine: A History of Production and Information Machines. Cham: Springer International Publishing, Springer, 2019.

Science: Critical Theory’s Achilles Heel

Coniglione, Francesco. “Abstraction and Idealization in Marx and Hegel,” in Idealization I: General Problems, edited by Jerzy Brzezinski, Francesco Coniglione, Theo A.F. Kuipers, Leszek Nowak (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1990), pp. 61-88. (Poznan Studies in-the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities; v. 16)

Indispensable as a point of departure for further elaboration.

Coniglione, Francesco.“Galileo and Contemporary Epistemology. Do we still have something to learn from Galileo’s „methodological revolution”?,” Przegląd Filozoficzny – Nowa Seria R. 25: 2016, no. 1 (97), pp. 123-140.

Finally, I am not alone in my view of Galileo. A challenge to misrepresentations bequeathed by phenomenology and critical theory.

El Nabolsy, Zeyad. “On the Differences between the Classical and the ‘Western’ Marxist Conceptions of Science,” Marxism and Sciences, volume 1, issue 1, winter 2022, pp. 193-217.

Essential article: the author articulates and expands on views I have argued for years. Note also the bibliography.

Finocchiaro, Maurice A. Galileo and the Art of Reasoning: Rhetorical Foundations of Logic and Scientific Method. Dordrecht, Holland; Boston: D. Reidel Publishing Company, 1980. (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science; v. 61)

Levitin, Dmitri. The Kingdom of Darkness: Bayle, Newton, and the Emancipation of the European Mind from Philosophy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2022. xiv, 966 pp.

The Late Medieval Attack on Analogical Thought:
Undoing Substantial Connection

by Sheila Delany

Engels contra Holism

Mislogical thought and logical thought
by Evaldo Pauli,
translated from Esperanto by R. Dumain

Maurice A. Finocchiaro on the criticism of theory & practice

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by Mark W. Epstein
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