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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

ISSN 1673-3436

ISSN 1673-355X(Online)

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Front. Philos. China    2006, Vol. 1 Issue (4) : 630-642     DOI: 10.1007/s11466-006-0028-1
The concept of nature and historicism in Marx
Zhang Wenxi
School of Humanities, Zhejiang Gongshang University, Hangzhou 310035, China;
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Abstract  Scholars of Marx often spend much effort to emphasize the socio-historical characteristics of Marx s concept of nature. At the same time, from this concept of nature, one seems to be able to deduce a strong sense of historical anthropocentricism and relativism. But through an exploration of the results of Rorty s discarding the distinction between natural  and man-made  and Strauss  clearing up value relativism in terms of the concept of nature, people will find that historicism is a world outlook that brought its historical circumstances on itself. It neglects the fundamental role of nature in the structure of the relationships between nature and history. A modern result of it is that it fails to offer any universal norms.
Issue Date: 05 December 2006
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