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    To have given?

    To have given clear and unified answers in familiar empirical terms to
    those theoretical questions which most occupied men's minds at the
    time, and to have deduced from them clear practical directives without
    creating obviously articifial links between the two, was the principle
    achievement of Marx's theory ...

    Nowadays I'm readingn a Wikipedia.

    This pragraph is part of 'Sociology'

    I can't understand To have give... , To have deduced...

    What does this form mean?

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    Re: To have given?

    Quote Originally Posted by yjso21 View Post
    To have given clear and unified answers in familiar empirical terms to
    those theoretical questions which most occupied men's minds at the
    time, and to have deduced from them clear practical directives without
    creating obviously articifial links between the two, was the principle
    achievement of Marx's theory ...


    Nowadays I'm readingn a Wikipedia.

    This pragraph is part of 'Sociology'

    I can't understand To have give... , To have deduced...

    What does this form mean?
    If you take the words from the very end of the piece and put them at the beginning, you may see how this works:

    The principle achievement of Marx's theory was to have given clear and unified answers in familiar ... and to have deduced from them clear practical ... between the two.

    So Marx's theory achieved one main objective - clear and unified answers. From those answers, he deduced directives.

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    Re: To have given?

    Your citation comes from a biography of Karl Marx. I hope the following is a correct paraphrasing of the author's thoughts.

    The principle achievement of Marx's theory was that he gave clear and unified answers in familiar empirical terms to those theoretical questions which most occupied men's minds at the time, and that he concluded from these answers clear practical directives without creating artificial links between the two. (answers and directives)

    I would appreciate suggestions from colleagues.

    John
    Last edited by JohnParis; 29-Nov-2011 at 18:08. Reason: '

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