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Science, Philosophy, and Human Behavior in the Soviet Union
Science, Philosophy, and Human Behavior in the Soviet Union
By Loren R. Graham
Columbia University Press, 1987, 565 pp

Having devoted years of thought and research to Soviet scientific literature, Graham presents his mature assessments and conclusions in this revised edition of Science and Philosophy in the Soviet Union (1972), which adds new chapters on human behavior and, as before, covers specific branches of science: genetics, psychology, chemistry, quantum mechanics, relativity physics and others. In the Soviet Union, as the author recognizes, the hand of the state and official ideology is ever-present. Nevertheless, he takes very seriously indeed the theories of dialectical materialism, as Soviet scientists and philosophers in recent years have propounded and discussed them on a high intellectual level, a far cry from Stalin's time and the heyday of T. D. Lysenko.