Practical Materialism: Engels’s Anti-Dühring as Marxist Philosophy

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Blackledge, P (2017). Practical Materialism: Engels’s Anti-Dühring as Marxist Philosophy. Critique: Journal of Socialist Theory.
AuthorsBlackledge, P
Abstract

Frederick Engels’s Anti-Dühring was the most important theoretical response to the emerging reformist tendencies within European socialism in the nineteenth century. It also proved to be Engels’s most influential, and controversial work. Because it is, as Hal Draper points out, “the only more or less systematic presentation of Marxism” by either by Marx or Engels, anyone wanting to reinterpret Marx must first detach it from his seal of approval. It is thus around Anti-Dühring and related texts that debates about the relationship of Marx to “Engelsian” Marxism have tended to focus. This essay re-engages with debates about Engels’s mature work with a view to unpicking his contribution to Marxism from caricatured criticisms of his thought.

KeywordsOther Economics; Cultural Studies; Philosophy
Year2017
JournalCritique: Journal of Socialist Theory
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0301-7605
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/03017605.2017.1377927
Publication dates
Print06 Nov 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited26 Oct 2017
Accepted02 Aug 2017
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY 4.0
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