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Engels and the Formation of Marxism - S. H. Rigby

Engels and the Formation of Marxism

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Although Friedrich Engels was Marx's intellectual partner, he has been one of the most neglected of the major socialist thinkers. This major book aims neither to defend Engles or debunk him, but rather to engage with his thought in order to offer a critical assessment of the philosophy, social theory, and politics of Marxism. S.H. Rigby shows how many of the key issues of Marxist thought, such as Marxism's debt to Hegelianism, the nature of historical materialism and the relationship between class and gender, were most explicitly dealt with Engels, rather than by Marx himself. He examines Engels' contribution to the genesis of Marxism in the years before 1848, and examines the extent to which Engles' later writings departed for his and Marx's outlook of the 1840's, He asks whether Marx shared Engels' intellectual development, questions recent attempts to divorce the views of Marx from those of Engels, and criticizes those Marxists who have used Engels as a scapegoat in order to avoid a confrontation with problems that lie at the very heart of Marxism.

"A serious and interesting contribution to recent scholarship" American Historical Review "... very thoughtful and thought-provoking" V.G. Kiernan, History "... a devastating critique of those Marxists who, through a process of selective quotation purify Marx of those elements they find unacceptable... a provocative monograph designed to challenge conventional wisdom." Journal of Communist Studies "... its treatment of Engels's dialectical materialism is consistently impressive, with an analysis that is always clear and aposite... Rigby maintains the high standard of scholarship set by his previous Marxism and History" D. McLellan, English Historical Review"

Prefacep. vi
Abbreviationsp. vii
Introduction: Making sense of Engelsp. 1
The flight from Hegel: Engels and the genesis of Marxism
Hegelian liberalismp. 12
Hegelian socialismp. 29
Engels' epistemological breakp. 47
Historical materialismp. 64
Communism: practical materialismp. 84
The return to Hegel: Engels and dialectical materialism
Dialectical materialismp. 96
Dialectical materialism: an assessmentp. 122
Was Marx an 'Engelsist'?p. 144
Historical materialism: an assessmentp. 164
Scientific and critical Marxism: an assessmentp. 206
Conclusion: Engels without mythp. 235
Bibliographyp. 241
Name Indexp. 253
Subject Indexp. 255
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ISBN: 9780719077746
ISBN-10: 0719077745
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st April 2007
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39