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The present work by Alan Woods looks at the development of philosophy from the ancient Greeks, its regression during the Dark Ages, and its rebirth with the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, until the final emergence of dialectical materialism, the philosophical outlook of Marxism. Alan Woods shows how Marx and Engels brought together the best of previous philosophical thinking to produce the Marxist philosophical outlook, which looks at the real material world, not as a static immovable reality, but one that is constantly changing and moving according to laws that can be discovered. Here we see how philosophy becomes an indispensable tool in the struggle for the revolutionary transformation of society.