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

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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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common conditions of existence”: If one considers philosophically this development of individuals within the give{n}, to them given to them in part considered philosophically in part through the further formation of the given conditions of existence the common conditions of existence of the estates that follow one another & classes historically & within the general conceptions thereby imposed on these {individuals}, then one can indeed easily imagine these individuals that the species or man

(for a discussion of this point, see Carver, 2010: pp. 123–24). However, following the recontextualized methodology proposed for the present analytical study, there will be no great rush to form any conclusions about the character of an intellectual relationship that had itself only just got under way. 2 Analytical Introduction The problems with reading and transcribing the manuscripts at all are very well known. Marx’s handwriting was in cursive gothic and very difficult to read; rather

there from the intrusion of “crude facts” & at the same time because they give full rein to their speculative impulse & {it} can set up & knock down hypotheses by the thousand. – The third relation {in any conception of history}, which enters here into historical development on equal terms right from the start, is that men, who make their bodies anew every day, set about making other 67 First page on printer’s sheet ‘7’ (in Engels’s sequence), numbered ‘12’ by Marx every day, set about making

perceptible environment & consciousness of {insertion}3 For the animal its relationship to others does not exist as a relationship. limited the interconnection with other persons {end insertion} & things outside the increasingly selfconscious individual; at the same time it is consciousness about the of nature which confronts men in the beginning as a thoroughly alien, all-powerful & incomprehensible force, to which men relate 2. Marx’s quotation marks. 3. The editors of Jahrbuch 2003 state

assertions (as Marx and Engels portray them) of transformations involving “man,” “selfconsciousness,” “substance,” and “liberation”? Reading through the following sequence as we have it, Bogen 6–Bogen 11, it becomes striking that the traditional interpretive strategy suggested by Engels in 1888 and later endorsed by Mehring,10 namely, that mere polemic can be excised from substantive (and in their terms validly philosophical) content, can usefully be reversed. This is not to say that the specific

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