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Historical Materialism and spiral development
Historical Materialism is a philosophy of history. It explains how and why human societies develop. It's an application of the philosophy Dialectical Materialism.
Dialectical Materialism is the philosophy of change and it explains how all things change. Dialectical and Historical Materialism were developed by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels based on the Dialectic philosophy of Georg Hegel.The main parts of Historical Materialism are:
(These last two parts are known as the "stages theory".)
The spiral theory of development, which is the basis of the book The Next Stage, is an extension of Historical Materialism. It models the change thru opposite stages as a spiral. The spiral moves upwards thru time. The alternation between opposite stages is modeled as movement from front to back and side to side along the spiral.
The book gives a more detailed explanation of Dialectical and Historical Materialism.Content copyright: Nathan Davis 2003-2013
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