Jakov Berman

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Jakov Alexandrovich Berman (1868–1933) was a Russian philosopher and political theorist linked to Russian Machism and pragmatism.

He was the brother of Konon Berman-Yurin.[1]

In 1908 he published Dialectics in the Light of the Modern Theory of Knowledge and also contributed to Studies in the Philosophy of Marxism, an anthology of works by Russian Marxist Machists, which Lenin criticised in Materialism and Empirio-Criticism. Lenin also criticised his Dialectics in the Light of the Modern Theory of Knowledge.[2]

In 1911 Berman published The Essence of Pragmatism.[3]

After the Bolshevik seizure of power, he joined the Russian Communist Party (Bolshevik) and continued his academic career.[4]


  1. ^ Davidson, Apollon Borisovich (2003). South Africa and the Communist International: Socialist pilgrims to Bolshevik footsoldiers, 1919-1930. London: Frank Cass. p. 19.
  2. ^ Lenin, Vladimir (1909). Materialism and Empirio-criticism. Moscow: Zveno Publishers.
  3. ^ Selsam, Howard (1963). Reader in Marxist Philosophy. International Publishers Co. p. 368. ISBN 9780717801671.
  4. ^ Howard Selsam; Harry Martel (1963), Reader in Marxist philosophy, New York: International Publishers, OCLC 166626, OL 13568542M