Marx and Engels's "German Ideology" Manuscripts: Presentation and Analysis of the "Feuerbach Chapter"

Marx and Engels's "German Ideology" Manuscripts: Presentation and Analysis of the "Feuerbach Chapter"

Terrell Carver, Daniel Blank

Language: English

Pages: 402

ISBN: B01181VS14

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Since the 1920s, scholars have promoted a set of manuscripts, long abandoned by Marx and Engels, to canonical status in book form as The German Ideology, and in particular its 'first chapter,' known as 'I. Feuerbach.' Part one of this revolutionary study relates in detail the political history through which these manuscripts were editorially fabricated into editions and translations, so that they could represent an important exposition of Marx's 'theory of history.' Part two presents a wholly-original view of the so-called 'Feuerbach' manuscripts in a page-by-page English-language rendition of these discontinuous fragments. By including the hitherto devalued corrections that each author made in draft, the new text invites the reader into a unique laboratory for their collaborative work. An 'Analytical Introduction' shows how Marx's and Engels's thinking developed in duologue as they altered individual words and phrases on these 'left-over' polemical pages.

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their contemporaries as the products of “ideologists.” Their critique sees this as pointlessly impractical and indeed counterposed to any recognition of what their texts identify as a universal human interest, namely, a negation of the dominating and enslaving social forces that have developed “naturally,” that is, un-self-consciously but yet within “history”: put into practical (including connection with the production intellectual production) of the whole world & are capable of enjoying the

learned about the thinking of Marx and Engels as they worked on what was left of several very heated but narrowly focused polemics? This question thus sidelines any rush to determine the “final” content of their thought—which is the usual political and scholarly goal—at this point or later. A focus on “thought” usually spurs most commentators to summary accounts and a characterization of these thinkers as doctrinaires, whereas we focus here on their thinking. The commentary that follows will

rather less certainty—even reading through the “smooth” text and setting aside the variants—that Marx and Engels are quite so certain as they go along with respect to what exactly they need to say to put the “critical critics” to rights (and indeed to neutralize them politically). By focusing on the “variants” in these fragments we hope to have created a certain sense of contingency and experimentation in the joint process of composition that these 30 Analytical Introduction pages record, even

be later than the “ground level” text; Apparat p. 223, ref. 19.39–20.41 r. 1. In the right-hand column but adjacent to this passage. 86 Second page on printer’s sheet ‘8’ (in Engels’s sequence), numbered ‘17’ by Marx which already has its seed, its first form in the family, where the wife & the children are slaves of the husband. The obvious, still very crude, latent slavery in the family is the first property, which, by the way, already fulfils the modern economist’s definition, according to

printer’s sheet ‘11’ (in Engels’s sequence), numbered ‘28’ by Marx new – my ways are not your ways, my have need of one another & always have had. thoughts not your thoughts, my ways are He wants to establish a consciousness of that theological ways & I am too timid to fact, hence like the rest of the theorists he only change to others, so says the critic. The wants to produce a true consciousness of what crit{ic} holy Bruno – so his it is therefore is currently in existence an existing

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