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A Japanese Physicist Meets Socialist Natural Philosophy: SAKATA Shōichi (1911-1970) and Dialectical Materialism (2021)


SAKATA Shōichi, known as a physicist who contributed significantly to the development of the theory of elementary particles, held a sincere belief in the Marxist philosophical view of nature. He acquired the basic core of this worldview by reading the classics of Marxism as a youth and later added original insights via correspondence with others or development of his own inquiry into the microscopic world. Several visits to the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China also deeply impressed Sakata. This article examines the features of his understanding of Marxist natural philosophy and the factors that helped him establishing it. By focusing on Sakata's experience of the international/domestic exchange with Marxists, this study will also reveal how the orthodox and unique part of his understanding of dialectical materialism divided and conjoined.

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Authors & Contributors
Ichikawa, Hiroshi
Liu, Jinyan
Zhang, Baichun
Konstantin A. Tomilin
Isaacson, Nathaniel
Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
科学史研究 Kagakusi Kenkyu (History of Science)
History of the Human Sciences
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Social Studies of Science
Oxford University Press
Dialectical materialism
Science and politics
Philosophy of science
Cold War
Rosenfeld, Léon
Engels, Friedrich
Vavilov, Sergei Ivanovich
Vavilov, Nikolai Ivanovich
Terletskii, Ia. P.
Simon, Herbert A.
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
21st century
Soviet Union
People's Republic of China
United States

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