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Beyond Marxism: The Faith and Works of Hendrik de Man by Peter Dodge

By Peter Dodge

To bear in mind all those that have contributed to the genesis of the current paintings consists of friendly memory. the gray skies of Belgium are evoked with the acknowledgment that with no assistance from usa govt (Fulbright) promises the learn could were stillborn. either Dorothy Deflandre, government Officer of the U.S. academic starting place in Belgium, and Henri Janne, then Director of the Institut de Sociologie Solvay, used their respectable powers to facilitate the method of study. one other scene, both inspired upon the reminiscence - the placid environment of Amsterdam's Keizersgracht - arises with therecollectionofthe courtesy of the Internationaal Instituut voor Soci ale Geschiedenis, whose director, the overdue A. J. C. Ruter, kindly granted me entry to the de guy documents. I show pride additionally in acknowledging monetary help from the learn origin of the nation collage of latest York, wherein i'll examine additional fabrics later made to be had on the information Generales du Royaume in Brussels.

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These ideological convolutions by which de Man attempted to rationalize his conduct were the product of an anguish that became the more desperate as he flung himself into the horrors of trench warfare. Indeed, it seems that his voluntary participation in the most hazardous duties (for which he won a Belgian Croix de Guerre and British Military Cross), was a means of demonstrating to himself that he had no scruples against engaging in the slaughter of his fellowman. 3 He took part in the battle of the Yser, and soon afterwards was appointed lieutenant, serving in a liaison capacity with British troops in Flanders for fourteen months.

Wilhelm Wundt provided a background in physiogical psychology which later enabled de Man to judge the excesses of the new psychology to which he was to turn in efforts to find a satisfactory explanation of the sodal behavior of man. The experimental psychologist perhaps left his strongest mark in his insistence upon the indispensability of empirical investigation. More central to de Man's interests and more manifest in his influence was the historian Karl Lamprecht, with his intuitive comprehension of the significance of symbolic form.

In contrast to the general rule and in particular to England, unionization in Belgium had followed rather than preceded the political labor movement. At the same time, in reaction to the 1 See Geschietlenis der Vakbeweging [History of the Union Movement] (Brussels, 1912). h. " Letter by de Man to Kautsky dated 24 J anuary 19II, item D XVI 313. 3 See Joseph Bondas, 50 Ans! ), 78. " Cavalill1' seul, 76; Gegen, 89. 32 ONLOOKER socialists, there arose a parallel Catholic labor organization, and there were even to be unions of workers of Liberal persuasion.

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