Anti-Dühring Part 3: Chapter 2

This chapter is the one in the book most limited to the polemical side of the work; in other words, with the least general interest.  I can’t think of anything to say about it, so I’m just throwing this post out in case there is anything anyone wants to talk about.  If not, I’ll just go on to the next chapter fairly soon.


By skzb

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“I’ve just gone through chapter 3, and I think my post is liable to be fairly long. Should I break it up?”

Is there a natural way to break it up so that each piece tends to fit together? Then probably yes.

Would it take too much of your time?
Then no.

If there are clearly separate points to be made about it, then some breaks might be nice. It’s taking a bit longer to pick through than I anticipated.

“When a man is in possession of the final and ultimate truth and of the only strictly scientific method, it is only natural that he should have a certain contempt for the rest of erring and unscientific humanity.”

Austen said pretty much the same thing 65 years earlier.

I feel like I know Paarfi better after reading this chapter.

“Whereupon we sink to the ground in deepest reverence before the mightiest genius of all time…”

Shame on you for pretending this chapter lacks general interest; it is one of the funniest things I have ever read.

Every time he writes “thus far Herr Dühring” I imagine this entire posture of contempt, as though the paragraph preceding those words were in fact left on his doorstep by Dühring’s miniature poodle.

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