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Marx and Engels’s “German ideology” Manuscripts

Presentation and Analysis of the “Feuerbach chapter”

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Part of the Marx, Engels, and Marxisms book series (MAENMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Terrell Carver, Daniel Blank
    Pages 1-31
  3. Terrell Carver, Daniel Blank
    Pages 33-381
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 383-389

About this book


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.


Marx Engels German ideology political theory political philosophy materialism ideology Marxism Friedrich Engels Karl Marx philosophy

About the authors

Terrell Carver is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bristol, UK. He has published numerous studies, translations and biographical works on Marx and Engels for major international publishers and works of reference. He has been a consultant on the Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe edition of the complete works, headquartered in Berlin.

Daniel Blank was educated at the University of Munster, Germany in political science, and was awarded a PhD in 2008 from the University of Bristol, UK, for his dissertation ''The German Ideology' by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: The Political History of the Manuscript and its Published Editions.' He lives and works in Bonn, Germany.

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