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It is obvious that I do not say anything concerning the particular process of development of, for example, a grain of barley […], if I say it is a negation of the negation. For, as the integral calculus is also a negation of the negation, if I said anything of the sort I should only be making the nonsensical statement that the life-process of a barley plant was integral calculus or for that matter that it was socialism. […] When I say that all these processes are a negation of the negation, I bring them all together under this one law of motion, and for this very reason I leave out of account the specific peculiarities of each individual process. Dialectics, however, is nothing more than the science of the general laws of motion and development of nature, human society and thought. (Engels, Anti-Dühring, part one, chapter 13.)

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Dominique Meeùs. Date: 24-7-2013