Topic 2 – Marxism’s dialectical and historical materialism

How do Marxists understand the world?

“It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness.”

Karl Marx,  A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy, 1859


Reading 1: Dialectical Materialism: the Foundation of Revolutionary Theory (WASP)


Reading 2: The Preface to “A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy” (Marx)


Reading 3: The Materialist Conception of History (Engels)


Reading 4: How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, Chapter 2 (Rodney)


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