Justin Schwartz jschwart at
Sun Feb 18 09:41:52 MST 1996

Hans is right that Marx's sociology, especially his theory of ideology and
historical materialism generally, is rooted in Feuerbach. You can see this
in Part I of the German Ideology. It doesn't take digging. It's right
there on the surface.

The best book on Feierbach in English in Marx Wartovsk\y's Feuerbach.

There is a nice anthology of the YH (called, The Young Hegelians) edited
by L. Stepelevich (Cambridge).


On Sat, 17 Feb 1996, HANS DESPAIN wrote:

> Jerry, it has been a while since i have formally studied the Young 
> Hegelians, but i remain very interested these thinkers.
> Below, Jerry asks for a source of, i believe specifically, Feuerbach's 
> reading of *Capital*.  I will have to search for the specific reference i 
> have in mind.  However, there are a number (four, five, or six) of 
> excellent books on the Young Hegelians.  Two of the best are David 
> McLellan's *The Young Hegelians and Karl Marx* (1969), and Sidney Hook's 
> *From Hegel to Marx* (1950).  Also there is a Journal which held a 
> "symposium" of sorts on the Young Hegelians, this is quite old, but very 
> very good (does any remember or know this journal?).
> However, the specific reference probably comes from Eugene Kamenka's book 
> *The Philosophy of Ludwig Feuerbach* (1970).  Moreover, he has the 
> "Feuerbach" entry in *A Dictionary of Marxist Thought* 2nd ed. which 
> briefly menitons this point: "In 1868 he [Feuerbach] read Marx's *Capital* 
> and praised it for its exposure of horrible, inhuman conditions; in 1870 he 
> joined the Social Democratic Party" (p. 197). 
> i do not know of any of these above authors emphasizing Feuerbach's 
> relational sociology; however, the relational sociology of Marx is often 
> understood to be rooted in Hegel.  It seems to me that this is a theme 
> that is first brought forth in a materialist (and\or humanist) form by 
> Feuerbach, as i suggested in my previous post.  
> And (from memory) usually it is explained that Marx returns to Hegel, to 
> critique Feuerbach's naturalistic humanism.  i want to suggest that 
> although Feuerbach has this tendency of a naturalistic human nature, the 
> seeds of a relational approach are also provided by Feuerbach.
> hans despain
> University of Utah
> despain at
> On Sat, 17 Feb 1996 glevy at wrote:
> > HANS DESPAIN wrote:
> > 
> > > Feuerbach, btw, did read *Capital* and was especially affectionate toward 
> > > the way Marx exposed the inhumane conditions of capitalism.
> > 
> > Did F write anything about Capital? What is the source, Hans, for the 
> > above? Sounds interesting.
> > 
> > Jerry
> > 
> > 
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