German Ideology by Karl Marx

German Ideology

2011 Reprint of 1939 Edition. Parts I & III of "The German Ideology". Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Originally published by the Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow in 1939. "The German Ideology" was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels circa 1846, but published later. The original edition was divided into three parts. Part I, the most significant, is perhaps the classic statement of the...

Details German Ideology

TitleGerman Ideology
Release DateDec 28th, 1970
PublisherInternational Publishers Company, Incorporated
GenrePhilosophy, Politics, Nonfiction, Sociology, History, Theory, Economics

Reviews German Ideology

  • Trevor
    This is interesting, not least because it is one of the earliest formulations of Marx’s understanding of historical materialism and his breaking away from both Hegel’s idealism and Feuerbach’s naïve materialism. The book starts with a very useful editor’s introduction where this work is located within both Marx’s and Engels’s developing understanding of what they were coming to view as the motive force of history. That is, the class ...
  • Narendra
    if someone wants to save the humanity than u can't ignore marx
  • philosovamp
    The German Ideology is frequently referenced as a great starter text for students of Marxism. Imagine my horror upon discovering it is nigh-600 pages long and a philosophical critique of previous philosophers.The first portion, "INTRODUCTION TO THE CRITIQUE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY" is the most essential. It is a run down of various parts of Marx's burgeoning Dialectical Materialism. The following three sections, critiquing the Young-Hegelian Feuerba...
  • Xander
    The German Ideology (written in 1845, published in 1923) was Karl Marx’s first major work on his theory of materialism, as well as the first outline on Communism. Marx develops his thoughts in relation to contemporary German philosophy. This approach has its advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, it makes Marx’s main ideas – to be further developed over the decades – much easier to digest. It also illuminates the philosophical un...
  • Riley
    I've been feeling like I don't read enough difficult books anymore, so The German Ideology was my crack at one. It is early Marx and Engels, in which they are first iterating their theories of materialism. One thing that has always struck me from the few times I've read Marx....I tend to think of Marxism as philosophy, and it is always interesting to see how much it was offered as science, a form I don't think ages well for it. One other thing......
  • Thandiwe
    I have a soft spot for Marx...he has to be one of the most misread and misunderstood authors in history. I think this text, along with the Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, really highlight the emphasis he placed on human consciousness and its intricate connection to the material world and mode of production which (alarmingly) conventional readings of Marx minimize, if not, completely ignore.
  • Rory
    Obviously didn't read the whole thing, pretty much everything after the chapter on Feuerbach is just Marx being rude about young hegelians
  • Alex Billet
    Those looking to garner a basic understanding of what precisely Marx and Engels meant by dialectical materialism must start here. The two authors were profoundly polemical, and like most polemics they are best understood in context. CJ Arthur's introduction provides that context in a way which is chronological and easy to understand. Marx and Engels of course started out in the Young Hegelians. The starting point of their break with Hegel's philo...
  • Mafortes
    A Ideologia Alemã é um manuscrito só publicado postumamente e, como quase todo texto nessas condições, é cheia de omissões e supressões.As intuições que os autores desenvolvem não acrescentam muito à simples leitura das 11 Teses ‘Ad Feuerbach’, que, normalmente, aparecem como um anexo a este livro.Se, segundo Feuerbach, o homem precisava, para construir uma ideia clara de si e para ser livre, substituir as suas representações re...
  • Eva Sevrin
    Insightful, funny and Marx at his best. A great starter for people who want to understand his work and ideas.
  • Andre
    Written in 1846, unpublished till 1932 in Soviet Union. For the first time in this book Marx & Engels (i would say Marx&Engels with subject He, because i think they both can not be divided with one another, they both are indeed an appearance of dialectic) explained materialistic conception of history and emphasized communism as deterministic society. His criticism devastated German Idealism which had been at the time dominant in Prussia, especial...
  • Ben Kearvell
    For all his nay-saying about German ideology, Marx (and Engels) remains a German ideologue--and a very thorough one. Materialism, as Marx would have it, owes a debt to Hegel and romantic philosophy in general. He (Marx)may have turned metaphysics on its head, yet he failed to remove the head. But there's no getting rid of it. Marxist economy requires a hidden hand, better said, a shift in ontology, or the way one values the world (and oneself). M...
  • Alex
    In the beginning... there was German Ideology (1845-6) and the EPM of 1844.Here, in Chapter One, Feuerbach is taken to task. This is the section everyone must read. A theory of history: turn that Hegel off his head and back onto his feet! What are the preconditions of social life? What are the stages of human development? What is consciousness? What are forms of intercourse? What is liberation? What are the ruling ideas (religion, law, politics) ...
  • Michael
    Honestly, a lot of Marx sort of blurs one into another for me at this stage. However, everyone should read at least some Marx as a reminder that economics is not determinist and capitalism is not the natural order of things.
  • Vip Vinyaratn
    A good introduction to Karl Marx's philosophy. This book can present important issues about his philosophical thinking, such as, historical materialism, critique on the german idealism (Kant, Hegel,...), etc.A pre-resquisite book before the famous Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital.
  • Vittorio Ducoli
    Verso il materialismo storicoScrivo un'unica recensione di quest'opera e de La sacra famiglia perché possono essere lette quasi come un unicum, rappresentando, accanto ai più noti Manoscritti economico-filosofici del 1844 il momento del definitivo distacco dei due pensatori dall'idealismo della sinistra hegeliana e dell'elaborazione di quello che sarebbe stato l'architrave su cui verrà eretta la grandiosa costruzione teorica marx-engelsiana, l...
  • Stevie van der Kolk
    Finished it today just this morning. What it honestly feels like is a mix between the Communist Manifesto (in talking about the necessity of revolution against the current state of affairs) and Das Kapital (it repeats a lot of the same points about the consolidation of industry that Capital also talks about, albeit in much less detail).The problem is that a lot of people call this a good introduction to Marxist theory but I'm afraid I just can't ...
  • Arief Bakhtiar D.
    BUMIDENGAN pemikiran yang menggugat, 154 tahun yang lalu Marx dan Engels berteriak yakin: “Kita berangkat dari bumi ke langit!”Kata-kata itu tak bisa diremehkan. Kita tahu, kata-kata itu ada dalam The Germany Ideology, dan tak lepas dari perjalanan studi dan situasi politik di Prussia saat itu. Pemerintahan Prussia dengan semena-mena menghapus undang-undang dasar yang memberikan kebebasan kepada rakyat, melakukan sensor yang ketat pada pers, ...
  • Dierk
    The German Ideology is Marx's polemic against some of his notable German and French contemporaries of the 1840s. Until the 1930s, it only existed in manuscript form. Whether Marx ever wanted it to be published and whether he would have done more work on the manuscript in that case are unclear. Even in its final rough form, however, The German Ideology provides valuable insights into Marx's researching, thinking and writing styles.To appreciate th...
  • Leandro Augusto Zanini Matias
    Acabei lendo diretamente a versão da Martins Fontes e fazendo correspondência na versão da Boitempo pra conferir a tradução. Me pareceu bem truncado esse texto, talvez por não ter sido concebido como livro em si, uma obra acabada.
  • Josiah
    Skipped over most of the critique of "Saint Max" (which is the bulk of the book). It's mostly known for the first chapter, anyway. I maybe shouldn't have bought the whole thing, when the more useful parts are online and in various collections.
  • Vadzianyk
    It’s not that Marx did a bad job writing this, it’s just that a lot of pages are missing and one has a hard time reading this. Nonetheless, interesting to see Marx’s earliest ideas of historical materialism.
  • Enrique Martinez
    It’s long, the most important part it’s the magnificent prologue, the first complete dialectic materialism theory and a new view of the human being as a social animal.
  • malu
    Tem de ser lido por qualquer pessoa, é uma leitura bem densa, pelo menos eu tive essa impressão quando eu li, porém rica.
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  • Tadas
    he completely ruined that young hegelian boy stirner. simply hilarious.