Friday, September 18, 2015

September 21-26 at Revolution Books

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 7 pm 
Demarcations Discussion 


Continuing the discussion on epistemology ("how humans reach an understanding of the truth and how to assess the reliability of that knowledge") 

This is the second in a series of discussions about the article, " Ajith--Portrait of a Residue of the Past" from Demarcations, the Journal of Communist Theory and Polemic . We will continue to get at 'what is truth' and how to arrive at the truth, based on reading excerpts of the article.

You don't have to have read the whole article, or have been at the first discussion; we welcome everyone to take up these important questions. Together, we will break down the complex theoretical concepts. Bob Avakian (BA) has written widely on the question of epistemology and we will use his outline on the new synthesis to help frame this discussion.

Specific questions for this session (and relevant page nos. in the article):
  • Does the political stance or class of the person arguing for something determine whether it's true? Is something that is useful, by definition true? (25-28)
  • What is the relation between truth and partisanship in standing for revolution? (32-34)
  • How certain can we be about what we find to be true? How do we know who's telling the truth about communism? (44-45)
  • Are "Nature" and "History" endowed with a purpose and driven by a pre-existing goal? Why? Why not? What have been some of the effects on the communist movement of seeing the triumph of communism as inevitable? (46-51, 55-57)
Copies of the article are available at Revolution Books for $5 or it can be downloaded here.




Revolution Books is co-sponsoring  Wicker Park & West Town LIT DAY  on Saturday, September 26 with two events:

11 am
Monthly Book Club Discussion
    God Help the Child,  by Toni Morrison 
 ( This is not an author event.)

2 pm
Author appearance: 
Christopher Benson, co-author with Mamie Till Mobley, of



Open House 5 - 7 pm
Monday, Sept. 21 
  • Come pick up copies of Revolution newspaper "hot off the press"
  • Help mail subscriptions of Revolution to prisoners


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