Marxism and Scientific Socialism: From Engels to Althusser by Paul Thomas

By Paul Thomas

Engels declared at Marx’s funeral in Highgate Cemetery that "just as Darwin stumbled on the legislation of improvement of natural nature, so Marx came upon the legislations of improvement of human history". medical socialism used to be the time period Engels used to explain Marx's socio-economic philosophy and plenty of later theorists sought to augment Marxist conception with a supposedly clinical basis.

This ebook explains the advance of the assumption of clinical socialism throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century from its origins in Engels to its final manifestation within the paintings of Althusser. It offers a close research of Engels' personal conceptualisation, the impression of Darwin, the connection to the 'official' ancient materialism of the Soviet states and later reformulations by way of Althusser and others. In so doing it presents a brilliant highbrow historical past of Marxist and socialist idea, exploring its major insights to boot its occur failures.

Marxism and clinical Socialism might be of specific curiosity to these with an curiosity within the improvement of Marxism and socialism, political ideologies and the historical past of Western political idea.

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B. , Karl Marx, Early Writings, New York and London, McGraw-Hill, 1964, pp. 1963–4. Cf. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The German Ideology, Moscow, Progress Publishers, 1964, pp. 38–9. B. Schweitzer, 24 January 1865, in Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Selected Works (hereafter cited as MESW), Moscow, Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1962, vol. I, pp. 390–7. 11 The idea that Marx aimed at fashioning “a new science of society” resting upon “historical laws”, or that “according to Marx, capitalism, by reason of the innate laws of its own nature, is hurrying along a path which will lead the world of today with the inevitability of the evolution of organic life, to the doors of the world of tomorrow”12 is simply without foundation.

Marx’s concept of Entwicklung, about which he said very little in any case, is based on that of Hegel; translated into English or French this term can mean “evolution” as well as “development”, although evolution in the biological sense, as a mode of social explanation, struck Hegel and Marx alike as chimerical. Entwicklung also embraces the development, or unfolding, of the components contained in the original concept (Begriff ); in the sense that such development is logical, history is logical, a rational, secular unity.

I, p. 19. V. , Revisionism, London and New York, Praeger, 1962 [1953], p. 118. 26 Marx and science the senses. In the same way the light from an object is perceived by us not as the subjective excitation of our optic nerve, but as the objective form of something outside the eye itself. But, in the act of seeing, there is, at all events, an actual passage of light from one thing to another, from the external object to the eye. There is a physical relation between physical things. 34 Marx’s method was not one of the straightforward observations of a detached observer, of data-gathering and collation, and the subsequent construction of an explanatory and predictive system.

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