Daniel Brudney traces the development of post-Hegelian thought from Ludwig Feuerbach through Bruno Bauer to Karl Marx's work of 1844 and his "Theses on Feuerbach", and concludes with an examination of "The German Ideology". Brudney focuses on the transmutations of a set of ideas about human nature, the good life, and our own relation to the world and others; about how we end up with false beliefs about these matters; about whether one can, in a capitalist society, know the truth about these matters; and about the critique of capitalism which would flow from such knowledge. The author shows how Marx, following Feuerbach, attempts to reveal humanity's nature and what would count as the good life, while eschewing and indeed polemicizing against "philosophy" - against any concern with metaphysics and epistemology. Marx attempted to avoid philosophy as early as 1844, and the central aims of his texts are the same right through "The German Ideology", the text canonically taken as the origin of Marxist materialism. Rather, in all the texts of this period Marx tries to mount a compelling critique of the present while altogether avoiding the dilemmas central to philosophy in the modern era.
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Author Biography - Daniel Brudney
Daniel Brudney is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago.