The Socialist Transformation of the Kantian Categorical Imperative

Arthur Morrow Lewis

Kant for socialists



What is an “Imperative,” and how does it get to be “Categorical,” and who made it Kantian, and when was it “transformed,” and what has Socialism got to do with it, anyhow? Well, you come down to the Garrick good and early and find out! This kind of knowledge has previously been monopolized by rich men’s sons, who could be sent to the university. At the Garrick we have Established a University for the Workers.

Subject: “The Socialist Transformation of the Kantian Categorical Imperative”

From this lecture you will learn the difference between the materialistic philosophy of Marx and the idealistic theological philosophy of Emanuel Kant, the great German who discovered the nebular theory forty-one years before Laplace. Bring your thinking apparatus with you! Seats are all free.

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Arthur M. Lewis leads Chicago's Sunday morning Socialist services looking at Kant in 1907.

The Socialist Party competed with church by having, every Sunday morning, a gathering at the Garrick Theater, 106 E. Randolph, opened with singing, music, and recitations followed by a lecture on a wide array of subjects by self-taught iron molder Arthur Morrow Lewis in the Spring and Fall season. Each Friday the Chicago Daily Socialist announced the schedule.

Self-taught iron molder Arthur Morrow Lewis became one of the foremost popularizers of evolution, socialism, and science during his too short life. One of his most popular works, Evolution Social and Organic went through ten editions in six years. Morrow led the Workers University in Chicago and regularly taught classes, mostly on natural science and its relationship to materialism, at the Garrick Theater. He also edited the pioneering magazine The Evolutionist, perhaps the first Marxist journal of the natural sciences in English. Morrow is emblematic of the ‘positivist’ scientific and socialist thinking of the time. His partner was the first woman elected to the Socialist Party’s National Executive, Lena Morrow Lewis.

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                                                                                Lecture 6 (9 June 1959), excerpt: T.W. Adorno on Kant, the Division of Labor & Restriction of Reason
                                                                                Lecture 7 (11 June 1959): Knowledge as Tautology
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