Maurice Cornforth

Maurice Cornforth books and biography


Maurice Cornforth

Maurice Campbell Cornforth (1909 – 1980) was a British Marxist philosopher. Initially, he was in the early 1930s a follower of Wittgenstein, writing in the style of the analytic philosophy of the time. He later became in effect the official ideologist of the Communist Party of Great Britain.

He is noted for his attack on the aesthetic theories of Christopher Caudwell, and for his later partial engagement with the linguistic philosophy of Oxford origin of the 1940s and 1960s. He also wrote a defence of Marxism against Karl Popper's criticisms.


  • Food and farming for victory, Communist party pamphlet
  • Science Versus Idealism: An Examination of "Pure Empiricism" and Modern Logic (1946)
  • Dialectical materialism and science (1949)
  • In Defense of Philosophy - Against Positivism and Pragmatism (1950)
  • Science for Peace and Socialism (c.1950) with J. D. Bernal
  • Dialectical Materialism (1952) Vol 1: Materialism & the Dialectical Method, Vol 2 : Historical Materialism, Vol 3 : Theory of Knowledge, and later editions
  • Readers' Guide to the Marxist Classics (1952)
  • Rumanian Summer: A View of the Rumanian People's Republic (1953) with Jack Lindsay
  • Philosophy for Socialists (1959)
  • Marxism and the Linguistic Philosophy (1965)
  • The Open Philosophy and the Open Society: A Reply to Dr. Karl Popper's Refutations of Marxism (1968)
  • Communism and Human Values (1972)
  • Rebels and Their Causes: Essays in honour of A. L. Morton
  • Communism & Philosophy: Contemporary Dogmas and Revisions of Marxism (1980)

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Science Versus Idealism

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