A Political History of the Editions of Marx and Engels's "German Ideology Manuscripts"

A Political History of the Editions of Marx and Engels's "German Ideology Manuscripts"

Terrell Carver, Daniel Blank

Language: English

Pages: 226


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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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important editions of The German Ideology were published in the “East”: The Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie (German journal of philosophy) edition (1966) and the MEGA2 Probeband (Trial volume) edition (1972). Today the “second phase” of the MEGA2 project is under way. In 1990, the Internationale Marx-Engels-Stiftung, Amsterdam (International Marx-EngelsFoundation, Amsterdam), took on the responsibility of coordinating the editors and 180 / methodological excursus started work on the

in his “Foreword by the editor,” the Marx-EngelsArchiv would not publish any articles or works focusing on historical events that had occurred after the collapse of the Second International in 1914. In other words, Ryazanov seemed to have had no interest in publishing anything on the decisive split within the organized workers’ movement, on Lenin and the Bolshevik party, or on the October Revolution of 1917. His journal was to be mainly a historical one, committed only to the scientific and

“German ideology” Manuscripts: Presentation and Analysis of the “Feuerbach chapter” Terrell Carver and Daniel Blank A Pol i t ic a l H istory of t h e Edi t ions of M a r x a n d Enge l s’s “Ge r m a n i de ol o g y M a n usc r i p t s” Te r r e ll Ca rv e r a n d Da n i e l Bl a n k A POLITICAL HISTORY OF THE EDITIONS OF MARX AND ENGELS’S “GERMAN IDEOLOGY MANUSCRIPTS” Copyright © Terrell Carver and Daniel Blank, 2014. All rights reserved. First published in 2014 by PALGRAVE MACMILLAN® in

1966 Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie edition correctly argued that Marx and Engels (IMSLED, 1966: 1195) must have “obviously” waited for another publication by Feuerbach, before proceeding with their work on “I. Feuerbach.” This 1846 article by Feuerbach, which they were anticipating, was entitled “Das Wesen der Religion” (The essence of religion), which was to be published in the first volume of the journal Die Epigonen (The successors) (see Feuerbach, 1960: 433–506). Marx and Engels wanted

History. Outline and Notes) The second document that found its way into the Marx-Engels-Jahrbuch 2003 is by far the longest one. It consists of 68 pages, and it was termed the “main manuscript” by Ryazanov (1926a: 117; see chapter 2). Taubert and Pelger described this centerpiece of what has become known as The German Ideology as a “version of last hand” (eine Fassung letzter Hand). The two editors pointed out that it was Marx who had ordered and paginated the manuscript last, and therefore the

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