Menshevizing idealism

Menshevizing idealism, also known as menshevistic idealism (Russian: меньшевиствующий идеализм), is a term that was widely used in Soviet Marxist literature and referred to the errors committed in philosophy by Abram Deborin’s group. The term was coined by Joseph Stalin in 1930.[1][2] Menshevistic idealism tried to identify Marxist dialectics with Hegel’s, divorced theory from practice, and underestimated the Leninist stage in the development of philosophy.[3]


  1. ^ Michaelson, Greg (3 December 2020). Menshevising Idealism: or why the Soviet Union didn't develop the first computers. Oxford Communist Corresponding Society. {{cite book}}: |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ Somerville, John (May 1946). "Basic Trends in Soviet Philosophy". The Philosophical Review. 55 (3): 258. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  3. ^ A Dictionary of Philosophy by Mark Rosenthal and Pavel Yudin (Progress Publishers, 1967)

Further readingEdit

  • (in Russian) Коршунов Н. Б. Так называемый «меньшевиствующий идеализм» в аспекте философских дискуссий начала 30-х годов в СССР. Диссертация на соискание учёной степени кандидата философских наук : 09.00.03. — Москва, 2003. — 248 с.