The German Ideology Never Took Place

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The German Ideology as a 'book' dates only from the early 1920s and 1930s. The opening 'chapter' 'I. Feuerbach' was factitiously constructed to solve the problem posed by Marx's engimatic reference in 1859 to 'self-clarification'. This was in autobiographical passages detailing his 'outlook', termed by Engels the 'materialist interpretation of history'. Factual evidence presented here makes this framing untenable. 'The German ideology' manuscript materials of 1845-6 are best studied -- not as a 'smooth text' of the 'last hand' -- but as a 'variant-rich' text that allows access to a 'laboratory' where Marx and Engels were learning to think as they did
Translated title of the contributionThe German Ideology Never Took Place
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107 - 127
Number of pages21
JournalHistory of Political Thought
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010


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