German Ideology: A Student Edition

The German Ideology: A Student Edition

Series: 
Editor(s): 
Dec 2001
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ISBN: 
9780853152170
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158
pp
£8.40

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This edition makes easily accessible the most important parts of Marx’s and Engels’ major early philosophical work, and is ideal for students. It includes a brilliant exposition of historical materialism, and is Marx and Engels’s first presentation of the new revolutionary philosophy, written with all the freshness of a new discovery.

Translated by W. Lough, C. Dutt and C. P. Magill.

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This edited student edition makes easily accessible the most important extracts of Marx’s and Engels’ major early philosophical work, The German Ideology. The full text, which Marx and Engels were unable to get published in their lifetimes, occupied some 650 pages.

This lengthy polemic was introduced by a brilliant exposition of the fundamental ideas of historical materialism which Marx and Engels were then working out, and is included in this volume. This is their first presentation of the new revolutionary philosophy, written with all the freshness of a new discovery.

This edition contains the first part of the complete work, together with a number of excerpts presenting the key points of the text overall, and which remain highly relevant today.

The editor has added an introduction dealing with the place of The German Ideology in the evolution of Marxism and containing a summary of the contents and controversies which occupy the parts of the work not printed here. Marx’s famous Theses on Feuerbach and his unfinished Introduction to a Critique of Political Economy are added as appendices.

Editor’s Preface
Editor’s Introduction

 

The German Ideology
Preface

 

I. Feuerbach, Opposition of the Materialist and Idealist Outlook
A. Idealism and Materialism
The Illusions of German Ideology

First Premises of Materialist Method

History: Fundamental Conditions

Private Property and Communism

 

B. The Illusion of the Epoch

Civil Society – and the conception of History

Feuerbach: Philosophic, and Real, Liberation

Ruling Class and Ruling Ideas

 

C. The Real Basis of Ideology

Division of Labour: Town and Country

The Rise of Manufacturing

The Relation of State and Law to Property

 

D. Proletarians and Communism

Individuals, Class, and Community

Forms of Intercourse

Conquest

Contradictions of Big Industry: Revolution

 

II. Selections From the Remaining Parts of the German Ideology

Kant and Liberalism

The Language of Property

Philosophy and Reality

Personal, versus General, Interest

One-sided Development

Will as the Basis of Right

Artistic Talent

Utilitarianism

The Philosophy of Enjoyment

Needs and Conditions

The Free Development of Individuals

Language and Thought

“True” Socialism

 

Supplementary Texts

Karl Marx. Theses on Feuerbach

Karl Marx. Introduction to a Critique of Political Economy

Name and Authority Index

Subject Index