Maurice Cornforth (1909-1980) Study Guide

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Bibliographical notes

Cornforth, Maurice [Campbell]. Science versus Idealism: In Defence of Philosophy against Positivism and Pragmatism. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, Publishers, 1975. Reprint of the 1962 ed. published by International Publishers, New York. 463 pp. Original edition 1955. Based on Science versus Idealism (1946) and In Defence of Philosophy (1950).

Cornforth, Maurice. Communism and Human Values. New York: International Publishers, 1972. Reproduces with slight changes three chapters from Marxism and the Linguistic Philosophy. See Chapter 8, Science and Evaluation, pp. 41-47.

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Bibliographies & Study Guides


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From BANNEDTHOUGHT.NET: British Publications:

From Marxists Internet Archive: Maurice Cornforth Archive:

Rumanian Summer: A View of the Rumanian People's Republic (1953) with Jack Lindsay

The Open Philosophy and the Open Society: A Reply to Dr. Karl Popper’s Refutations of Marxism (1968)

Partisanship and Objectivity in Theoretical Work (1973) by Maurice Cornforth

Johnstone, Henry W., Jr. What is Philosophy? New York: Macmillan, 1965. 118 pp. (Sources in Philosophy)

PENEY W. JOHNSTONE, jR./ Introduction 1
JACQUES MARITAIN/ The Nature of Philosophy and of Theology 29
BERTRAND RUSSELL/ On Scientific Method in Philosophy 37
RUDOLF CARNAP/ Philosophy and Logical Syntax 46
MAX BLACK/ Linguistic Method in Philosophy 57
MAURICE CORNFORTH/ The Task of Philosophy 68
JOHN DEWEY/ Changing Conceptions of Philosophy 74
EDMUND HUSSERL/ Philosophy as a Strict Science 85
RICHARD MC KEON/ Philosophy and Method 93
R. G. COLLINGWOOD/ Question and Answer 98
MARTIN HEIDEGGER/ What Is Philosophy? 107
Bibliography 117

Cornforth's contribution was extracted from his Science Versus Idealism (New York: International Publishers Co., Inc., 1962), pp. 219-223, 242-244.

Journal Articles

Horowitz, Irving Louis. Review: Pragmatism: Philosophy of Imperialism by Harry K. Wells, Science & Society, vol. 18, no. 4, Fall, 1954, pp. 362-365.

Cornforth, Maurice; Horowitz, Irving Louis. “On Pragmatism,” Science & Society, vol. 19, no. 3, Summer, 1955, pp. 257-262.

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Note: Cornforth's work took a turn for the better in the 1960s as he shed the philosophical as well as political baggage of Stalinism. Science versus Idealism is still worth reading. His most significant works in my view are Marxism and the Linguistic Philosophy and The Open Philosophy and the Open Society. In his last book Communism and Philosophy: Contemporary Dogmas and Revisions of Marxism Cornforth settles accounts with dogmatic elements of the Marxist-Leninist philosophy he inherited.

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