Mao Zedong on Dialectical Materialism: Writings on Philosophy, 1937

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5 Extracts from Ai Siqi's Philosophy and Life

MAO ZEDONG

( SEPTEMBER 1937)

Relativism and Absolutism
Mao
(a1) All the terms (or
concepts, categories) we use,
like "absolute" or "relative"
etc., are all the reflection of
real things. The term horse
exists only because there are
real horses in the world. The
two terms relative and
absolute are also not divorced
from actual things.
Ai Siqi(b1) All the terms (or
concepts, categories) that we
use are the reflections of real
things. The term horse exists
only because there are real
horses in the world, the term
capitalism exists only because
there is a capitalist system.
The two terms relative and
absolute are also not divorced
from actual things....
(a2) In everyday life
absolutism often causes
trouble.
(b2) In our lives we are
often haunted and plagued by
absolutism.
Source: Ai Siqi, Zhexue yu shenghuo ( Yunan People's Publishing House, 1980). See also Zhongguo zhexue (Chinese
Philosophy)
Vol. 1 ( April 1979), pp. 5-30. Translated by John Hanafin .

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