[Marxism] Engels 1890s letters in German online?

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 1 07:52:18 MDT 2010

And not just delays (see Ian's quote below). The two letters from 1894
and 1895 make clear the semi-autonomous influence of noneconomic
factors which can delay but also twist, pervert, enhance, magnify,
etc. all kinds of other noneconomic factors -- and even rebounding
back down on the economy!!! -- with the economic just providing a
context which sets broad limits.
The concept of uneven and combined development has certainly also been
used to illustrate how such a process can play out. And intelligent
borrowings from hierachy and systems theory (a la Niles Eldredge's
dual hierarchies in evolution) could be used profitably as well.
I vaguely remember reading debates about what Engels meant by the
economy determining "in the last instance," and about what
"overdetermination" means. But can't remember the authors or titles.

On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 4:35 PM, Ian Pace <ian at ianpace.com> wrote:
then I think the two taken together can be read as implying that
superstructural changes are an inevitable consequence of modifications in
the base, but that the process entails certain delays.

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