By K.M. Jensen

A. ALEKSANDR BOGDANOV On April 7, 1928 the profession of 1 of the main outstanding figures of Russian and early Soviet highbrow lifestyles got here to an abrupt and untimely finish. within the strategy of an test on blood transfusion, Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Malinovsky, greater referred to as Bogdanov, had exchanged his blood with that of a significantly sick malaria sufferer in hopes of saving either the sufferer and his blood. the result of this can be guessed: either physician and sufferer died forthwith. ! even supposing a unprecedented enterprise on Bogdanov's half, for it was once a part of a look for the capacity to immortality,2 the transfusion scan was once just one of a bunch of startling issues he had performed in his thirty years in Russian politics and public lifestyles. actually, the actions and success of his years as director of the Soviet Union's first institute for the examine of blood transfusion appear nearly insignificant beside the occasions of prior years. three it might be reasonable to assert that Aleksandr Bogdanov stood in a singularly fashionable place within the political and highbrow lifetime of Russia from the flip of the century to 1930. Politically, he have been Lenin's merely severe rival for management one of the Bolsheviks sooner than 1917. within the early years of the Soviet regime, Bogdanov stood head and shoulders above the other public determine working outdoors the ranks of the celebration. just a handful of guys, i. e.

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PLE, pp. 54-5) Bogdanov stressed that the abstract form of causality which accompanied the rise of the socially progressive class was itself "cognitively progressive". [PLE, pp. 46-7; also p. 55] Where the authoritarian form looked for the free will of an organizer, human or divine, in every cause~ffect sequence, the new form set no such limits to the steps of cause and effect. According to Bogdanov, it viewed each cause~ffect sequence as part of an infinite series of such sequences, a series governed by natural or logical necessity.

PLE, p. 12] Obviously, Bogdanov believed a unifted system of thought based on the whole of human experience should be universally understandable. Our thinker used the professional reception of Mach and Avenarius to illustrate how unfortunate the use of specialized terminologies could be. We will repeat this illustration in full, since it is the first indication in The Philosophy of Living Experience of Bogdanov's opinion of Mach. One might argue on the basis of this that he regarded Mach's approach to philosophy something of a model for contemporary thought.

PLE, p. 10] He argued here that men like Copernicus had simply gained access to the "accumulated experience" of mankind and had given it some particular shape while others had not. And so the relationship of the individual to the accumulated experience of mankind was clear for Bogdanov: an individual might be the "codifier" or "agent", but the possessor of the scientific point of view was ultimately the progressive class. Bogdanov asserted that the scientific point of view, while appearing in the past and present to be the province of the few, actually corresponded to the "highest level of cultural development" at any given time.

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